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No charges against ISU coach Kramer, player he shoved remains suspended

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) ― Idaho prosecutors in Pocatello have decided not to file criminal charges against Idaho State football coach Mike Kramer after a player complained that the coach shoved him to the turf during practice. City Attorney Dean Tranmer called it a difficult decision but said investigators didn't believe Kramer had any intention of harming wide receiver Derek Graves or committing a criminal act. Tranmer says another factor was the 11 days that elapsed between when Graves was pushed on Oct. 3 and when he filed the police complaint. Another concern was that he released videotape of the altercation to ESPN. Graves hasn't played since late September and was suspended indefinitely last week for an unspecified violation of team rules. Click below for a full report from the AP.

ISU coach Kramer suspends player he shoved

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) ― Idaho State coach Mike Kramer has suspended a player who complained Kramer pushed him to the ground during practice on Oct. 3. Idaho State officials confirmed Thursday that Kramer suspended wide receiver Derek Graves for violating team rules. Graves told ESPN he was suspended indefinitely for being late for practice. His attorney, Donald Jackson, said he considers the suspension to be retaliation by Kramer for Graves' pursuit of criminal charges. He also said his client hasn't been medically cleared to practice after suffering a neck injury when he was pushed. Idaho State suspended Kramer for last weekend's game at Montana for violating the university's conduct policy. The Idaho State Journal reports school officials say it will be up to Kramer whether Graves is allowed back on the team.

ISU head football coach Mike Kramer suspended in wake of shoving incident

Idaho State University head football coach Mike Kramer has been suspended for his team's game at Montana on Saturday for violating the university's conduct policy, the Associated Press reports, in the wake of a shoving incident in which Kramer was captured on video running across the field and shoving wide receiver Derek Graves to the ground during practice Oct. 3. Graves, who reported the incident to Pocatello police, suffered neck spasms and hasn't been cleared to play or practice by ISU's medical staff since the incident; the video received widespread national attention. Athletic director Jeff Tingey announced the suspension and said Kramer also was issued a letter of reprimand; the university said it would have no further comment because the matter was a personnel issue.

The Bengals' associate head coach Don Bailey will serve as the acting head coach on Saturday as Idaho State (1-6, 0-4 Big Sky) takes on Montana (3-5, 1-4).

ISU football player says coach shoved, injured him; video draws national attention

The Idaho State Journal reports today that a video showing Idaho State University head football coach Mike Kramer shoving wide receiver Derek Graves to the ground during an Oct. 3 practice is gaining national attention and was posted on on Tuesday night; the player reported the incident to the Pocatello Police and has retained an attorney. Graves told ESPN's “Outside the Lines,” “I’ve seen Kramer get in guys’ faces and curse them, but never saw him do anything like this or put his hands on anyone. … I was humiliated at the moment. If I retaliate, I could lose my senior season. If I didn’t do anything, I would look like a punk. It was a no-win situation.”

The college football player said he's suffered neck spasms since the shoving incident and has not been  cleared to practice or play by the ISU medical staff; you can read the State Journal's full report here, and see the ESPN report here, including the video.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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