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Colorado players 'have had trouble passing our drug test'

Jeffcoat was hired by Texas Wesleyan in 2002. He spent 10 seasons in the majors, including six with the Texas Rangers, before retiring after the 1994 season.

Mar.01 - SportLand: The baseball coach at Texas Wesleyan University has come under scrutiny after it was confirmed he sent an email saying the school doesn't recruits players from the state of Colorado because of failed drug tests.

Mike Jeffcoat, coach at Texas Wesleyan and a former MLB pitcher, sent an email to a Colorado high school prospect saying: "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."

The Houston Chronicle confirmed the existence of the email, which was provided by the university.

Jeffcoat was hired by Texas Wesleyan in 2002. He spent 10 seasons in the majors, including six with the Texas Rangers, before retiring after the 1994 season.

Allan Dyer, the student's former high school baseball coach told the Houston Chronicle: "I've never seen a coach send an email like that to a kid. I was kind of shocked a coach would connect a political issue to a kid ... It just made no sense. The student has not been in trouble one time at our school."

"We're definitely aware of the email sent out by our baseball coach and the comments he made are in no way a reflection of Texas Wesleyan University, its values or its recruiting practices," said Texas Wesleyan vice president John Veilleux. "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."

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