By Brian Murphy
Idaho State has suspended football coach Mike Kramer for Saturday's game at Montana and issued a letter of reprimand. Kramer was under investigation by the university for pushing receiver Derek Graves at practice on Oct. 3. The Pocatello Police Department is also looking into the incident.
"Following a thorough investigation coach Kramer will serve a one-game suspension for this Saturday’s game at Montana,” Idaho State Athletic Director Jeff Tingey said in a statement.
The school said he violated the Idaho State University Conduct Policy.
Associate Head Coach Don Bailey will be the acting coach for Saturday's game. Bailey is a former Boise State assistant coach. Kramer will coach the team until it leaves for Montana.
Graves, a senior, has not played for the Bengals since the incident. He has not been cleared to practice or play by team doctors or outside doctors, said his lawyer Don Jackson. In the first four games of the season, Graves had 36 catches.
"I’m really surprised that they took any action at all," Jackson said. "What's unusual about this investigation is the school has failed to even speak with this student-athlete about this incident. It really is obvious that this is nothing more than an effort to sort of put a pretty face on something that was one of the most reprehensible things I’ve seen in college sports."
Jackson said the police investigation is ongoing.
Jackson said he may ask the NCAA to get involved.
"If there was ever an instance of lack of institutional control, I think you are seeing a good example of it now," he said. "Maybe this would be a situation that the NCAA should possibly take a more detailed look at."
Idaho State is 1-6 on the season.
Here is the column I wrote on the incident.