Jim Criner Research Paper

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DES MOINES, Iowa — The firing of Iowa State football Coach Jim Criner on Wednesday night climaxed a stormy 21-month period that began when he kicked his two starting wide receivers off the team, included the arrest of several players on criminal charges and an NCAA investigation of his program.

Criner's troubles started in February of 1985 when he dismissed second-team All-American Tracy Henderson and Robbie Minor from the team for unspecified disciplinary reasons. The NCAA already may have been investigating Criner's program at that time, although the disclosure of the probe wouldn't come for more than a year.

Henderson, who set school and Big Eight Conference receiving records, left Iowa State, but Minor's dismissal later was changed to

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