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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 ESPN.com 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.

ISU emeritus prof who criticized Vailas fired

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) ― A professor emeritus at Idaho State University says he's been fired from his part-time job in the campus library after writing an opinion piece that was satirically critical of school president Arthur Vailas. Leonard Hitchcock told the Idaho State Journal (http://bit.ly/qPO7Yr ) he was given the news Thursday. University spokesman Mark Levine said administrators on the Pocatello campus would not be commenting on the firing, citing personnel issues. Hitchcock worked as an unpaid volunteer for five years before he went on the university library payroll in January, earning $11 an hour as acting head of special collections. He is not the first university employee to claim he was fired for publicly voicing his discontent with the Vailas administration. The Idaho Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of professor Habib Sadid in December.
  

Ed Board endorses Vailas plan to again dump ISU faculty leaders, get new ones

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― Faculty governance at Idaho State University will again be revamped under a plan endorsed by the state Board of Education. The board voted Thursday to approve the recommendation from school President Arthur Vailas, who called for the election of a new Faculty Senate this fall. The board voted last year to dissolve the previous Faculty Senate, which been at loggerheads with Vailas. The university then elected new, temporary faculty leaders to work with Vailas to adopt a new constitution. The provisional Faculty Senate was due to sunset this month, or upon the completion of constitution. But the two sides appeared far from a consensus in February, when faculty reported they had reached an impasse with Vailas. Vailas recommended work on the constitution continue with a new, permanent Faculty Senate.

State Board stands behind embattled ISU President Vailas

The State Board of Education is standing behind embattled Idaho State University President Art Vailas, the Idaho State Journal reports today, while he remains deeply unpopular with some faculty members at the university in Pocatello. Board vice president Ken Edmunds said there are no immediate plans to replace Vailas. “We are letting him see through the changes that he saw fit for the university,” Edmunds told the State Journal. “We will then evaluate his performance after he has had the opportunity to carry out his vision.” Click below for a full report from the Associated Press.

ISU faculty, administration still in turmoil

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Faculty members at Idaho State University have elected new leaders in a shake-up endorsed by the state Board of Education. The board voted in February to dissolve the university's previous Faculty Senate, which had clashed with school President Arthur Vailas and called for his ouster. While new faculty leaders were elected this month as part of a plan to smooth things over, the two sides still appear at odds. The locks at the Faculty Senate offices were changed after Vailas successfully pushed to dissolve the group. But when the newly elected faculty leaders asked the administration for a key so they could immediately begin their work, that request was denied. The Idaho State Journal reports university administrators want the new Faculty Senate to wait until the fall.

State Board endorses faculty shake-up at ISU

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Faculty governance at Idaho State University is in for a shake-up under a plan endorsed by the state Board of Education. The board voted Thursday to allow the university to move forward with the election of new faculty leaders within the next two weeks. That follows the board's decision in February to dissolve Idaho State University's previous Faculty Senate, which been at loggerheads with school President Arthur Vailas and voted “no confidence” in him. Vailas faced mounting criticism and pressure from faculty to step down, but board members threw their support behind the embattled school president at the Pocatello-based campus. With the board's approval, the university is now expected to elect a temporary Faculty Senate to adopt a new constitution and bylaws within one year.

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

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