If nothing else, Texas Wesleyan baseball coach Mike Jeffcoat is, er, blunt.
Now, according to CBS 4 Denver, the onetime Giants pitcher, is out of a job. The TV outlet reported that the school had scheduled a news conference for Thursday morning to address the situation.
Jeffcoat, terminated as head baseball coach at the private Fort Worth university, has strident political and social views. How strident? According to Yahoo Sports, and confirmed by the Houston Chronicle, he recently rejected a potential recruit because the player came from Colorado, which legalized recreational marijuana in 2012. The email subsequently, inevitably found its way to Twitter:
Lol THIS really happened. Smh. pic.twitter.com/bF9ywQw15d
— Darren McKee (@dmac1043) February 28, 2018
Needless to say, the email created a hashed-up controversy.
“We’re definitely aware of the email sent out 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,” said school spokesman John Veilleux.
The school also published this tweet:
Texas Wesleyan does not condone discrimination. Read our response here: https://t.co/gDLDyQupjO
— Texas Wesleyan (@TexasWesleyan) February 28, 2018
Jeffcoat, a former major league pitcher according to his bio on the university’s website — he played for the Giants for most of the 1985 season in that liberal mecca of San Francisco — led his team to 12 30-win seasons in 16 years at Texas Wesleyan. Interestingly enough, his roster included one player from Colorado and two from California, where medical and recreational use of marijuana is legal.
Thirty-eight states now have cannabis laws.