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Murphy: Suspend ISU Coach Kramer

Idaho State football coach Mike Kramer (pictured) cannot coach this weekend’s game against Northern Colorado. The school must discipline Kramer for pushing wide receiver Derek Graves during practice Oct. 3 — and that punishment must include at least a one-game ban from the sidelines and, perhaps, much more. The incident is under investigation by the university and the Pocatello Police Department. Graves appeared on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Wednesday and provided video, which shows Kramer running at least 20 yards to get face-to-face with Graves and shoving the senior with both hands. Kramer walks over Graves while he is on the ground and appears to yell at him while he is on the turf. Graves quickly gets back on his feet. Graves told ESPN that Kramer apologized to him after practice and did the same to the entire team the next day/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Did you ever witness a coach abuse a player while you played sports, from Little League & Pop Warner to high school and college?

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ISU Footballers Claims Coach Attack

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”/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here. (2011 AP file photo of Kramer during Washington State game)

Question: How will this play out?

ISU Prof Researches Vampire Culture

Idaho State University Assistant Professor of social work D.J. Williams is devoted to researching “self-identified vampires” and the vampire sub-culture and educating mainstream culture about them. “My interests involve how self-identified vampires understand themselves and their practices, and how they are interpreted by others, based on existing social processes and available social discourses,” Williams said. “I am one of the few scholars who has worked directly with the vampire community.”  Williams has published on this topic in peer-reviewed academic journals Leisure Sciences and Leisure/Loisir, and has acted as a consultant for the FBI regarding understanding vampire identities, issues and practices. He has also been approached as an expert for a proposed television documentary on these topics/Idaho State Journal. More here.

Question: Which scares you most — vampires, werewolves, or zombies?

Suspended college professor still collecting salary

An Idaho State University (ISU) professor suspended almost four years ago after being hit with federal charges stemming from a hoax involving threatening to mail someone a deadly virus is still receiving a yearly salary of close to $70,000. Professor Thomas F. Hale was suspended from teaching by ISU in early 2007 after being indicted in a Utah federal court in late 2006. Hale was charged with mailing a substance with a message saying the substance may contain the hantavirus, a deadly virus humans can contract from rodents. He was also indicted on two other counts related to a bankrupcy filing. More here. Brad Iverson-Long/Idaho Reporter

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