McBroom, Carthel speak out about firing controversy
Fri, 23 Aug 2013 23:28:08 GMT —
Thursday afternoon West Texas A&M University Athletic Department announced they were removing Head Football Coach Don Carthel from his duties immediately.
According to the Athletic Department, Carthel was being removed for providing false and misleading information in an investigation. Athletic Director Michael McBroom announced that Mike Nesbitt will serve as the Interim Head Coach.
McBroom wouldn't provide any further details into the actual incident in question but did indicate that their investigation final and their findings would be submitted to the NCAA.
On Friday afternoon, Don Carthel along with his wife, Cindy Carthel and attorney Bill Kelly had a press conference to share Don's side of the story. In a statement, Don said that his relationship with WTAMU Athletic admin has been strained and unhealthy for several years. Don also went on to explain the incident that sparked the investigation and led to his removal.
According to Don, in the last weeks of July, he and two student athletes attended a Texas Rangers Baseball game during the LSC Media Day. Don said he paid $30 for each ticket and that the two athletes reimbursed him when they came back from Dallas. Don was later asked by McBroom if we was reimbursed before the game. Don said that he said yes because of the tone and way in which McBroom asked him the question.
Don said that he later learned that what he had done was not an NCAA violation.
Kelly said that there are still some financial issues that need to be resolved and it unclear what the future holds as this time.
WT is expected to release a statement shortly.