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Texas Wesleyan University is looking for a new baseball coach. Applicants must be able to strategize a double switch in the bottom of the seventh, craft lefty relievers, and most importantly, not be explicitly prejudiced against potential recruits from states with legal cannabis laws. After all, it was that last part that got coach and former Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Jeffcoat fired this week.
According to local ABC affiliate WFAA, Jeffcoat was dismissed on Thursday because of an email he sent to high school baseball player Gavin Bell from Aurora, Colorado, who had reached out to Jeffcoat in search of opportunities to play college ball.
In the email, which has since gone viral, Jeffcoat told Bell that he would not be pursued as a recruit, not for lacking velocity or a lazy curve, but because he lives in Colorado, where cannabis is legal.
“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.”
Lol THIS really happened. Smh. pic.twitter.com/bF9ywQw15d
— Darren McKee (@dmac1043) February 28, 2018
Understandably, Bell’s high school coaches were not pleased with the overwhelming generalization about Colorado high schoolers and what can only be assumed is a reference to the state’s legal cannabis industry.