Mike Kramer is in hot water again.
Idaho State’s head football coach, who was the head coach for Montana State between 2000 and 2006, is under investigation by two Pocatello, Idaho police agencies for an alleged assault of an ISU receiver earlier this month.
Kramer was fired from MSU in 2007 after a cloud of controversy surrounding the Bobcat football team. Six current or former players were charged with being connected to a drug distribution ring. That, coupled with MSU’s low Academic Progress Rating, led to Kramer’s dismissal. He later sued the school and settled the lawsuit for $240,000 before it went to trial.
The Pocatello Police Department is conducting an investigation with the ISU campus police investigating an incident involving ISU senior wide receiver Derek Graves and Kramer.
The incident was originally reported by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” television program. The program obtained a video that shows Kramer trotting across ISU’s practice field before appearing to shove Graves to the ground with a two-handed psh to the chest. Graves visibly falls to the ground following the shove on the video.
“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,” Graves told OTL. “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.”
Graves told OTL that the incident occurred after Kramer became irate following Graves trying to do a drill against one of ISU’s veteran cornerbacks rathern than a freshman in a one-on-one drill.
When Graves requested a new practice partner, Kramer marched across the field and said, “He’s a varsity f------ player” before pushing Graves. Graves said Kramer cursed again while he was on the ground.
Graves told OTL that he has suffered from neck spasms and has not been cleared to play by the ISU medical staff. Graves caught 36 passes in ISU’s first four games, including back-to-back contests in which he caught 15 passes.
The ISU wide receiver filed a police report Sunday evening. He is being represented by Alabama attorney Don Jackson.
Jackson told OTL because of the evidence, “This investigation should have taken five minutes to complete. There is no justification for a college coach ever putting his hands on a player.”
Kramer is in his second season at ISU. The Bengals are 3-14 overall, including 1-5 this season. Kramer has led ISU to just one Division I win and the Bengals are currently giving up 52 points and 557 yards per game.
During Kramer’s tenure at MSU, the Bobats went 40-43 overall. After an 0-11 debut season, Kramer led the team to three Big Sky titles and three berths in the FCS playoffs. Kramer led MSU to its first postseason win since 1984 when Montana State beat Fordham to advance to the FCS quarterfinals in 2006.