Two Texas A&M assistant football coaches have been suspended without pay for two weeks after their “Chalk Talk for Women” session included sexism and crude humor.
Offensive line coach Jim Turner and special teams coordinator Jeff Banks will also serve 20 hours of community service, coach Kevin Sumlin said Friday in a written statement.
“There is absolutely no place in our program or in our university community for inappropriate conduct or degrading comments towards women, or anyone, regardless of intent,” Sumlin said.
The school advertised that for $80 participants would join coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff for drills, a season preview and a tour of the Aggie football facility. About 700 people attended the event.
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Scout reported that it had obtained photos from the event that showed organizers used sexually explicit language in a PowerPoint presentation describing the “Do’s and Don’ts of blocking.”
The night also included a different version of the Aggie War Hymn:
We are Aggie women
We are filled with estrogen
Hullabaloo, canek, canek, and back again
Maroon & white are the colors we love
We are putting down our dish towels
And taking off our gloves
No more Lysol or Cascade
We want to score Touchdowns
And walk in the parade
We are Aggie women & this is our song
Come on ... bring it on ... no more thong
Hullabaloo ... caneck ... caneck ... and so on
Sumlin said he was unaware of the assistant coaches’ presentation because he was signing autographs and taking photographs with participants. When he learned about the presentation, he said, he immediately consulted with athletic director Scott Woodward and decided on the suspension and community service.
“On behalf of Aggie Football, I want to apologize for the comments at Chalk Talk and also for my failure to review their individual presentations,” he said in the statement.
The coaches also apologized in the statement: “We want to sincerely apologize to the passionate Aggie fans and to women everywhere for our failed attempt at humor during this week’s Aggie Football Chalk Talk and fundraiser. We clearly understand now that our comments and slides were not appropriate or consistent with the values of our football program or our Department. We must do better, and we will.”
Banks, the tight ends coach and special teams coordinator, is in his fourth season. Turner coaches the offensive line. He is in his first season back at A&M after having coached there from 2008-11.
In May, wide receiver coach Aaron Moorehead apologized after he made “impromptu remarks” on Twitter minutes after a 5-star quarterback prospect announced he was decommitting from A&M.