LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State football coach Tony Samuel was reprimanded Wednesday after allegedly punching his video coordinator in a dispute over the team's annual highlight film.
"Both individuals regret the incident,'' athletics director Brian Faison said. "With the completion of a full review of all information pertaining to the matter, including testimony from witnesses, I have issued a warning to video coordinator (Ronald) Kennedy and a reprimand to coach Samuel.''
Campus police said Samuel and Kennedy argued Dec. 5 over the annual highlight project. Details were not released.
Campus police said Kennedy went to Samuel's office to discuss a problem with the highlight film. Kennedy told police Samuel screamed at him to leave, but Kennedy did not leave, the police report said.
The police report says Samuel then punched Kennedy twice in the face -- once on the chin and once on the left cheek. Kennedy told police he did not want to press charges.
Samuel, a former assistant at Nebraska, has been the Aggies' head coach for six seasons. The Aggies finished 7-5 this year, the most wins for the school in 35 years. NMSU finished second in the Sun Belt Conference.