Meaghan & Michael Chat Coach Carthel

West Texas A&M head football coach Don Carthel has been relieved of his duties as football coach of the Buffaloes effective immediately. 

Assistant head coach Mike Nesbitt has been named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Athletics Director Michael McBroom said that Carthel made a "blatant" violation of NCAA bylaw 10.1.  Bylaw 10.1 deals with unethical conduct.

Carthel is the winningest coach in school history and was entering his ninth season as head coach.  On Monday the Buffs were picked number three in the preseason coaches poll.

NCAA Bylaw 10.1:

Unethical conduct by a prospective or enrolled student-athlete or a current or former institutional staff member (e.g., coach,

professor, tutor, teaching assistant, student manager, student trainer) may include, but is not limited to, the following:

(a) Refusal to furnish information relevant to an investigation of a possible violation of an NCAA regulation when requested to

do so by the NCAA or the individual's institution;

(b) Knowing involvement in arranging for fraudulent academic credit or false transcripts for a prospective or an enrolled studentathlete;

(c) Knowing involvement in offering or providing a prospective or an enrolled student-athlete an improper inducement or extra

benefit or improper financial aid;

(d) Knowingly furnishing the NCAA or the individual's institution false or misleading information concerning the individual's

involvement in or knowledge of matters relevant to a possible violation of an NCAA regulation;

(e) Receipt of benefits by an institutional staff member for facilitating or arranging a meeting between a student-athlete and an

agent, financial advisor or a representative of an agent or advisor (e.g., "runner

(f) Knowing involvement in providing a banned substance or impermissible supplement to student-athletes, or knowingly

providing medications to student-athletes contrary to medical licensure, commonly accepted standards of care in sports medicine

practice, or state and federal law;

(g) Failure to provide complete and accurate information to the NCAA or institution's admissions office regarding an

individual's academic record (e.g., schools attended, completion of coursework, grades and test scores);

(Adopted: 4/27/06)

(h) Fraudulence or misconduct in connection with entrance or placement examinations; or

(i) Engaging in any athletics competition under an assumed name or with intent to otherwise deceive.

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