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Assistant coach leaves football program

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Assistant coach Kevin Griffin has been suspended from the Bethel College Thresher football program, effective immediately.

The suspension results from alleged behavior that does not conform to the Bethel vision, mission and values and that occurred in New Mexico in summer 2016.

“We wish Griff well as he leaves campus to return home and address personal issues,” said Bethel Athletic Director Kent Allshouse.

Griffin had started his second season with the Threshers this fall. He has moved off campus and will not return to campus nor participate in any Thresher football program activities unless additional information regarding the alleged behavior becomes available that would warrant reconsidering the status of his employment.

“Student Life is evaluating the best options for providing additional coverage in Haury Hall [where Griffin was living],” said Aaron Austin, vice president for Student Life.

Bethel College is the only private college in Kansas listed in the analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2016–17. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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