Texas College Says They Won't Take Athletes From Colorado Due to Marijuana Legalization

When you're a college sports coach, you usually look for the best athletes possible to improve your team. But apparently one coach in Texas would rather promote his anti-marijuana bias than get the best players.

Mike Jeffcoat, a former MLB pitcher and current head baseball coach at Texas Wesleyan University, sent an email to a high school student who was interested in his program that he doesn't recruit players from Colorado. He claims players from Colorado have failed drug tests in the past and that he doesn't take the risk anymore. 

"Thanks for the interest in our program," Jeffcoat wrote. "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."

Of course, the end of Jeffcoat's email implies that his disinterest in Colorado athletes has less to do with failed drug tests and more to do with his personal politics.

Representatives from the university quickly responded saying they disapprove of Jeffcoat's email.

"The comments he made are in no way a reflection of Texas Wesleyan University, its values or its recruiting practices," Texas Wesleyan vice president John Veilleux said. "This is a personnel matter and it is currently under investigation. We follow due process here. It is our university policy to not discuss personnel matters."

It's unknown whether or not Jeffcoat's comments are based in any reality and that his program has had to suspend athletes from Colorado for failing drug tests. But if he really believes that only college students living in Colorado are able to obtain marijuana, he is sadly mistaken.

(h/t ESPN)

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