Texas Wesleyan fired its baseball coach Thursday for a comment made about recruits from the state of Colorado.
School president Frederick Slabach announced that coach Mike Jeffcoat had been dismissed at a news conference.
“Mike Jeffcoat is no longer an employee of Texas Wesleyan University,” Slabach said, the Denver Post reported. “He was separated from the university due to the discriminatory remarks contained in the email to a potential recruit from the state of Colorado, and for another factor that we have been investigating for the past week.”
The Post reported that the "additional factor" was an NAIA rules violation regarding player eligibility, and that the recruit's name is Gavin Bell..
According to the Houston Chronicle, Jeffcoat wrote to Bell: "Thanks for the interest in our program. Unfortunately, we are not recruiting players from the state of Colorado. In the past, players have had trouble passing our drug test. We have made a decision to not take a chance on Student-athletes from your state. You can thank your liberal politicians. Best of Luck wherever you decide to play."
Texas Wesleyan is located in Fort Worth.
Slabach also had a message for Bell, the Post reported: "If that young man or his family is watching today, I want to make sure he knows the comments contained in that email absolutely do not express the values of this university, and we would love to have Gavin here as a student.”
In a news release, the school said "we want to reiterate that this email does not reflect our values and we do not condone discrimination. This includes discrimination on the basis of race, color, origin, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, disability or sexuality; or the political legislation of one’s home state. We are committed to providing an inclusive campus for all of our students, faculty, staff, visitors, potential students and their families.
"Texas Wesleyan has a long tradition of excellence in athletics and we are committed to recruiting student-athletes who will excel at our university. Like the NAIA’s core values, we are focused on building and recruiting champions of character."
Colorado residents passed a law in 2012 that allows people to legally posses marijuana.