A Texas college baseball coach says he doesn’t want any student-athletes from Colorado because he claims players from the Centennial State have trouble passing a drug test.
That’s the message that one Aurora teenager got from Texas Wesleyan University Baseball Coach Mike Jeffcoat, who said the teen can “thank your liberal politicians.”
Jeffcoat doesn’t outright say it, but he’s referring to Colorado’s legalized recreational marijuana.
Our partners at Denver7 reached out to Texas Wesleyan University, which said the letter from Jeffcoat “in no way reflects TWU, its values or recruiting practices.”
The teenager’s former baseball coach told Denver7 that the teen is a “leader and a good student.”
“It’s the first time I’ve seen anything like that before, and it’s hard to believe,” said coach Alan Dyer. “It’s unfortunate that this would happen to such a good kid.”
A school spokesperson didn’t say if Colorado student-athletes had a history of failing drug tests. TWU sent out the following statement:
We are aware of the email sent by our baseball coach, and the comments he made are in no way a reflection of Texas Wesleyan University, its values or its recruiting practices.
This is a personnel matter and it is currently under investigation. It is our University policy to not discuss personnel matters, but 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.
Jeffcoat has been with TWU since 2002 and is the program's all-time leader in coaching wins.
The school didn't comment on Jeffcoat's current status.