Eastern Coach Awaits Outcome Of Evidence
A Spokane County deputy prosecutor has received evidence from Eastern Washington University campus police, and a decision should be reached by Friday as to whether Eagles football coach Mike Kramer will be charged for allegedly slapping one of his players.
Deputy Prosecutor Dave Nehen received the evidence Wednesday from Ron Sperber, EWU director of public safety. Sperber’s office interviewed five people connected with the case, including EWU junior Antonio Morgan, who claims he was slapped by Kramer while the two were alone in the coach’s office last Thursday.
Kramer has denied the allegation. Morgan was removed from the team for “academic reasons” and violation of unspecified team rules, EWU athletic director John Johnson said last week.
Nehen said he expects to know by Friday afternoon whether there is enough evidence to charge Kramer, whose Eagles finished 4-7 in 1994 - his first season as head coach.
“I haven’t reviewed this one yet,” Nehen said. “In some instances, I’ll need to contact the (alleged) victim or witness and get extra information from them.
“If I can get ahold of people right away, then it doesn’t take me very long to make a decision.”
Morgan played in eight games last season in a reserve role, catching 10 passes for 150 yards and returning 11 kickoffs for 192 yards.
WSU forms panel
Washington State University this April will launching a year-long study of its athletic programs as part of a nationwide “certification process required by the NCAA.
A recently formed 10-person panel will focus on the athletic program’s academic integrity, compliance with NCAA rules, equity and financial integrity. After a year of study that will include a visit by NCAA evaluators, an NCAA Committee on Athletic Certification will either fully certify the school, impose conditions on a limited certification or place the school in a restricted category that bars it from championship competition.