Idaho State coach Mike Kramer is being investigated by police and the university for allegedly shoving a player to the ground two weeks ago in an incident caught on video.
Senior receiver Derek Graves lodged a complaint with police Sunday that he was pushed by Kramer during an Oct. 3 practice.
Kramer was the coach at Stadium High School from 1987-88 and Eastern Washington University from 1994–99, and was an assistant football operations coordinator at Washington State in 2010.
In the video, which was obtained by ESPN, Kramer runs toward a player on the field, puts his face close to his helmet, and then shoves him with two hands. The player falls backward to the turf, after which Kramer steps over his prone legs.
Idaho State assistant athletic director Steve Schaack confirmed the school was looking into Kramer’s conduct but said it was university policy not to comment on personnel matters. Schaack said Kramer will coach Saturday when the Bengals (1-5) play at Northern Colorado.
This isn’t the first time Kramer has been the subject of a player’s claim of physical aggression.
While at EWU in 1995, Kramer was accused of slapping a player. Kramer denied it and no charges were filed.
Before Kramer took the Idaho State job in 2010, he had been out of coaching for four seasons after being fired by Montana State in 2007 following at least five drug-related arrests of players within a year.
Kramer later settled a wrongful dismissal lawsuit.
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