October 25, 2013 in Sports

Former CWU coach Bennett’s firing explained


YAKIMA – Central Washington fired football coach Blaine Bennett last August for purchasing alcohol with public funds, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic, which cited emails and other documents secured through a state Public Record Act request.

The newspaper said the documents also claim that Bennett had broken CWU rules and violated university procedure during his five-year tenure.

Bennett was fired by athletic director Dennis Francois, who succeeded retiring Jack Bishop.

Prior to the alcohol issue, which took place at a function for prep coaches attending one of CWU’s summer camps, Bennett had been cited by Bishop for what the A.D. described as “questionable behavior and misuse of your position at this institution.”

Bennett, who played quarterback at Idaho and Whitworth, issued a statement in anticipation of media reports, saying “the administration simply did not want me to be the head coach … and the reason for this had nothing to do with my abilities as a coach, or any cause for termination.”

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