Originally created 02/28/04

Two Ball State coaches reprimanded after football players suffers frostbite



MUNCIE, Ind. -- Ball State reprimanded two coaches after a football player suffered frostbite during a disciplinary workout in subzero temperatures.

Ball State's athletic director issued letters of reprimand to head coach Brady Hoke and football strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman after the workout, associate athletics director Joe Hernandez said Friday.

Redshirt freshman receiver Chris Jackson suffered frostbite to several fingers during the 40-minute workout Jan. 31, Hernandez said. Jackson recovered following medical treatment and has returned to workouts.

During the Jan. 31 workout, Jackson and several teammates carried a 25-pound sandbag up and down steps at the school's stadium, athletic director Bubba Cunningham said.

Cunningham said that the disciplinary workout used was acceptable, but not in severe weather conditions.

Jackson's injuries and the resulting reprimands were first reported Friday in The Star Press.

Hoke and Wellman could not be reached for comment. The Associated Press left phone messages Friday at the Ball State offices of the coaches. There are no home phone listings for each coach in Muncie.

"I have met with the coaching staff about appropriate judgments regarding training and conditioning," Cunningham said. "We've talked about appropriate guidelines and expectations of the staff, and we will follow through on that."

The workout, which began about 6 a.m., was conducted on one of the coldest days of the winter. The temperature at the start of the workout was 7 degrees below zero and the wind chill was minus-12, said David Arnold, an associate professor of geography who monitors local weather.