Princeton Fires Lacrosse Coach After In-Game Elbowing Incident

By Phil Cantor
Apr. 07, 2016

The New Jersey University Made A Quick Decision After An Ivy League Game

((HT: /))

For the record, here's what happened in the Brown-Princeton match last week... watch the bottom of the screen...

Princeton coach Chris Bates on administrative leave stemming from on-field incident. Video:

— Inside Lacrosse (@Inside_Lacrosse)

Chris Bates' elbowing of an opposing player has given him his release from the university. He had been on administrative leave pending a review, and had led the Tigers to a 2-6 start this year.  Bates declined to comment in the midst of the review, but he told the Daily News in an email "there's more context to the story than what appears in a :5 clip."

No word on what that turned out to be...

The Athletic Department says there will be a national search for a new coach. Bates was in his seventh season at Princeton and led the Tigers to Ivy League championships in 2010, 2012, and 2015.

The loss to Brown was a 19-8 final and three of the losses by Princeton this year were to Ivy League teams that were highly-ranked in the college polls.

The interesting thing here will be how Princeton, as a team, responds from here on out. The game was 7-6 at the time of the Bates elbow and the Tigers were outscored 12-2 from there.

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