The Texas Wesleyan University baseball coach is under school investigation after an email he sent a potential recruit went viral.
On Wednesday afternoon, Denver radio personality Darren McKee of 104.3 The Fan tweeted a screenshot of the message delivered by coach Mike Jeffcoat to a player named Gavin.
Jeffcoat explained he is currently not recruiting players from Colorado because they "have had trouble passing our drug test" in the past. The coach also claimed the young man "can thank [his] liberal politicians" for his position.
Texas Wesleyan confirmed the existence of the email in an official statement:
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.