Records: Ferris State football coach shook player
Ferris State football coach Tony Annese shook a player and
struck two others on the shoulder pads in a locker room outburst
that led to an eight-day suspension last month, records show.
The documents, obtained by MLive.com (http://bit.ly/1g69Eeu)
under the Freedom of Information Act, indicate the Big Rapids
school launched an investigation after a complaint by a ”concerned
Annese told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he was trying
to motivate his team during the tirade, which came at halftime of
the Oct. 26 game against Michigan Tech, which the Bulldogs came
from behind to win 30-27.
But Annese’s response to the Ferris State investigation showed a
”lack of understanding” regarding the inappropriateness of his
behavior, according to a letter from athletic director Perk
Weisenburger that summarized the findings to the coach and
”You did not express remorse for these actions, but rather
tried to justify them,” wrote Weisenburger, who warned Annese that
any similar outburst would result in him being fired.
”There can be no serious dispute that your actions on October
26, 2013, were inappropriate,” the athletic director wrote.
The school redacted the names of the players struck during the
incident, but said that one was hit three times and the strikes
”were with a fist and were with great force.”
”My motives were purely intended to lift my team, get them
excited to play a good second half,” Annese told the AP. ”By no
means did I mean to hurt anyone.
”There was no confrontation whatsoever.”
Annese, whose team was 8-3 this season, was suspended with pay
and forced to miss the Bulldogs’ victory at Northwood on Nov.
Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com,