WR stricken at subzero disciplinary workout

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.