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Former USU Eastern head coach resigns amid bizarre circumstances

Former USU Eastern coach Chris Craig

By KEVIN SCANNELL
Sun Advocate sports reporter

A former USU Eastern men's basketball coach resigned from his job at a junior college in Texas in situation that many following it have called bizarre.

Chris Craig, a former USU Eastern Golden Eagle basketball coach from 2007-2010, resigned from his job at Midland College in Midland, Texas on March 21. His resignation came amid Craig citing end-of-the-world prophecies and conspiracy theories on his personal blog and twitter account.

Attempts to contact Craig on Wednesday morning were unsuccessful.

Craig's blog contained 31 hand written pages dated March 20 that talked about biblical verses, the possible coming of a New World Order, a possible assassination attempt on President Barack Obama while on a visit to Israel last week and much more.

Posting on his twitter account, Craig said he traveled to Jerusalem on March 21 and that the end of the world was coming on March 22.

According to sources close to the situation, the FBI and Secret Service contacted Craig's family about the blog and twitter posts. Craig allegedly was arrested in Israel shortly after arriving in the country. Postings on his twitter account went silent for five days before he wrote in multiple tweets on March 26 that he "currently am scared for my family and our lives. Secret Service, FBI, has been in contact with many on my behalf....I am not a threat in anyway."

Those in the coaching community who knew Craig thought he was on a good path as he moved from USU Eastern in April 2010 to the University of Northern Colorado as an assistant coach for a year before taking the head coaching position at Midland College in 2011.

Craig helped guide the Golden Eagles to the 2010 NJCAA National Tournament where the team finished in third place, their best finish in over 50 years. At Northern Colorado, he served as an assistant to head coach B.J. Hill and was a part of the team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in his only season on the bench. During his two seasons as coach at Midland, Craig's teams went 37-18 but missed advancing to the playoffs in both seasons as his teams dealt with injuries and inconsistent play.

Craig played collegiately at Arizona Western College before transferring to the University of Texas-El Paso to play under then head coach Billy Gillespie in 2002.

Since returning to the country, Craig tweeted early on March 27 that he was leaving Utah to return back to Midland, Texas.




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