Texas Wesleyan University fires coach who discriminated against player from Colorado due to marijuana legality

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Texas Wesleyan University fired baseball coach and former Major League Baseball player Mike Jeffcoat after it was revealed that he discriminated against a high school player due to Colorado’s marijuana laws, CBS Denver reports. The potential recruit, Gavin Bell, attends high school in Colorado. Jeffcoat said past recruits “had trouble passing our drug test.”

Darren McKee, a radio show host in Denver, published the email sent to the player by Jeffcoat. In the email, Jeffcoat wrote:

Hi Gavin,

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.

Mike Jeffcoat
Head Baseball Coach
Texas Wesleyan University

CBS Denver also notes that a violation of a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics rule was discovered, unrelated to the email/recruiting issue.

Texas Wesleyan University president Frederick Slabach said, “I want to make sure he knows that the comments contained in that email absolutely do not express the values of this university and we would love to have Gavin here as a student.” Slabach also said TWU “does not tolerate discrimination.” He continued, “We value inclusiveness. We value education, critical thinking, and supporting student athletes who are here for the love of the game.”

Jeffcoat, 58, went to high school in Arkansas and attended college at Louisiana Tech University. The Indians selected him in the 13th round of the 1980 draft. He went on to have a 10-year career in the majors from 1983-94, playing for the Indians, Giants, Rangers, and Marlins. Jeffcoat had been the head coach of TWU’s baseball team since 2002.

Jeffcoat may find it interesting that, following Colorado’s legalization, marijuana use among teens has actually declined, as the Washington Post reported in December. Furthermore, for teens, the usage rates of alcohol, tobacco, and heroin also sharply declined following legalization. You can thank your liberal politicians.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.