POCTELLO, Idaho -- Former Idaho State running back and return specialist Tavoy Moore said he was dismissed from the football team for complaining that coach Mike Kramer publicly criticizes players.
ISU announced Thursday that the senior was dismissed for "conduct unbecoming of a member of the Idaho State football program."
Moore told the Idaho State Journal (http://bit.ly/p84EFw) that the issue that led to his suspension was something that escalated during practice on Thursday.
"It just happened so fast," Moore said. Kramer "was saying that if anybody dropped a pass or did something wrong, they would have to get off the field. On a kick return, I dropped the ball. I went off the field, but then he told me to get in the locker room."
"I was saying that I can't play for someone like him," Moore said of Kramer. "The way he throws his players under the bus -- you've seen it in the media."
After Saturday's 33-0 home loss to Montana, Kramer criticized Moore saying, in part, "our debonair tailback, who's supposed to be a really good player, frizzled and melted himself off the field today."
A year ago, Moore was second in the Big Sky Conference with 2,034 all-purpose yards and returned two punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns. He was a pre-season all-conference player but had missed spring drills with some off-field issues and missed three games in September after spraining his ankle.
Moore said he complained to an assistant after Thursday's practice and the assistant told him to talk to Kramer, who is in his first year at Idaho State. Moore said Kramer told him he was being dismissed from the team.
Kramer has not commented.
Moore is still on scholarship for the rest of the semester and said he plans on staying at Idaho State to finish his degree.
ISU senior linebacker J.T. Albers and defensive back Kelvin Miller told the Journal they support Kramer's decision.
"I think the whole team is backing up Kramer," Miller said. "Right now we're not sure what's going on with Tavoy, but we're in support of what the coaching staff does."
Idaho State (2-4, 1-3 Big Sky) plays at Weber State on Saturday. Former ISU head coach John Zamberlin is an assistant at WSU.
Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com