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Idaho State coach won't face player push charges

Idaho State coach won't face player push charges

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) Prosecutors in Idaho have decided not to file criminal charges against Idaho State football coach Mike Kramer after a player complained that the coach shoved him to the turf during practice.

Pocatello City Attorney Dean Tranmer called it a difficult decision but said Thursday that investigators didn't believe Kramer had any intention of harming wide receiver Derek Graves or committing a criminal act.

``It was an unfortunate occurrence, which Kramer apologized for to Graves and the entire team a short time after it happened,'' Tranmer said.

Tranmer said another factor was the 11 days that elapsed between when Graves was pushed on Oct. 3 and when he filed the police complaint, as well as the fact that Graves released videotape of the altercation to ESPN.

On the recording, Kramer is seen running across the field during practice, stopping in front of Graves and apparently yelling at him before shoving him. Graves took a few stumbling steps backward before falling down. Graves said he injured his neck in the fall.

Graves hasn't played since the confrontation and was suspended indefinitely last week for violating team rules. Graves said the letter he received said he had been late for practice.

During the investigation, Tranmer said a charging decision was delayed because he wanted detectives to interview assistant coaches and players who were present and that investigators had a difficult time obtaining Graves' medical records relating to the injury.

The Idaho State team doctor attested to Graves' injury in writing in a statement supporting a medical redshirt and has refused to clear him for competition, Graves' attorney, Donald Jackson of Montgomery, Ala., said Friday in an email to The Associated Press. He called the incident a ``black eye on collegiate sports.''

``It is unfortunate, though quite expected, that law enforcement and a prosecutor would fail to see criminal conduct in a videotaped two-handed shove by a gentleman that weighs in excess of 250 pounds against a college student that he has an obligation to protect and instruct,'' Jackson wrote. ``An apology does not lessen the impact of this coach's conduct nor does it lessen the university's responsibility to protect its students from this type of conduct or minimize the degree of culpability by this perpetrator.''

Tranmer said the case was one best resolved internally at ISU.

Idaho State suspended Kramer for the game against Montana on Oct. 27. However, Kramer was allowed to coach the team during the week leading up to the game. The Idaho State Journal reports Kramer was given permission to travel to Missoula, but he chose not to.

Kramer has not commented publicly on the situation.

Steve Schaack, ISU's assistant athletic director for media relations, said Thursday the school would not comment on city attorney's decision.

``As an athletic department, because it is a matter investigated by the Pocatello Police Department, all questions are deferred to them,'' he said.

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Ravens reportedly agree to a deal keeping John Harbaugh in Baltimore long term

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Ravens reportedly agree to a deal keeping John Harbaugh in Baltimore long term

The Ravens have reportedly agreed in principle to a new contract extension with head coach John Harbaugh, a move already being praised by national pundits everywhere. 

It was nearly a month ago that the Ravens announced Harbaugh would be returning as the team’s head coach in 2019, which was noteworthy considering his status as a potential lame duck head coach.

In the same release, the team announced they were working towards a contract extension with Harbaugh, whose current deal was set to expire next year.

Despite reports from national NFL insiders, including Jason La Canfora and Peter King, that Harbaugh might prefer to hit free agency as a highly sought-after head coach after the 2019 season, it appears the Ravens will keep him in Baltimore for the foreseeable future. 

This news comes on the heels of a busier-than-usual coaching carousel, with a quarter of the 32 NFL teams changing head coaches in the last month, including two AFC North rivals. Harbaugh almost certainly would have been the cream of the crop among coaching free agents no matter when he became available, so the Ravens were looking to lock him up long term.

After a tough November home loss to the Steelers that put the team at 4-5, Harbaugh was asked about his job security, and he remained steadfast and confident.

"I've never been someone who's worried about keeping a job," Harbaugh said. "It's always been, for me, [about] doing the job. I've got a bunch of great coaches and a bunch of great players that bust their tails every day to do the best job they can. I feel really good about the way this team has been coached for the last 11 years, and for the last number of weeks we've been in the season. So, there are no regrets. Never been any regrets here with me."

After that game, the Ravens rattled off six wins in seven games to make the playoffs, and many players credited Harbaugh with keeping the team together. It was prior to Week 16 when the front office announced Harbaugh would be returning no matter how the season ended, but the strong finish and AFC North title certainly made the decision easier.

A coach with a special teams background, Harbaugh is an anomaly in the current era of young, offensive-minded head coaches. He won Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, and holds a 104-72 career record in Baltimore.

The terms of the new deal have not yet been released, but it will be interesting how many years the team is committing to Harbaugh.

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Bradley Beal's agent says guard's not looking for a trade: 'He wants to win'

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Bradley Beal's agent says guard's not looking for a trade: 'He wants to win'

Bradley Beal, his agent Mark Bartlestein told Bleacher Report, would like to stay in Washington - even as he's a hot topic among front offices as the trade deadline approaches.

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His agent, Mark Bartelstein, is not looking for a trade. "Brad wants to win, Bartelstein told B/R. "He wants to win at the highest level, and he wants to compete for championships. I think he's seeing progress, and he's going to do everything he can to lead this team. They got themselves into a huge hole, and he's going to do his best to get them out of it.

The Wizards are facing tough decisions when it comes to the future of the franchise as this season's trade deadline approaches. Beal, as NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig detailed this week, is among the most tradable assets they have, especially when it comes to their three major contracts. But owner Ted Leonsis took a firm stance against tanking while speaking to reporters in London, and Beal is integral to their playoff hopes with John Wall sidelined. 

This isn't the first time this season that Beal has denied wanting to be anywhere but DC. When drama swirled around the team earlier this season, Beal denied a report that he had requested a trade.

"That's nonsense," he said at the time. "I heard it earlier before the game and I was like, 'If it didn't come from the horse's mouth, it wasn't me.' I got this Washington jersey on and I come here and work everyday, you know, until otherwise. This is where I wanna be."

Earlier this season, it was reported that the Raptors were interested in Beal but couldn't afford what the Wizards were asking for him. According to the latest report on Beal from Bleacher Report, there are a number of teams who may still be interested. 

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There are so many teams in the mix trying to make that extra push that want Beal," a Western Conference executive told B/R.

But even if some fans are clamoring for a big trade at the deadline, the price tag for Beal - who had 26 points in the Wizards' comeback win over the Knicks this week - only seems to be rising. 

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