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Ex-coach accused of threatening Mormons, Catholics

Midland Reporter-Telegram
Updated 12:32 am, Wednesday, July 31, 2013
  • Christopher Dewitt Craig coached the men's basketball coach at Midland College for two seasons. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

    Christopher Dewitt Craig coached the men's basketball coach at Midland College for two seasons. (Midland Reporter-Telegram)

 

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Police in Fort Collins, Colo., are alerting religious organizations to a self-described "Islamist jihadist" who said Mormons and Catholics "would be destroyed" in the next two weeks.

They say there's no immediate public danger. The Coloradoan reports former Midland College men's basketball coach Christopher Dewitt Craig was accused of entering a classroom at Eastern Arizona College on July 10, raising a Bible in the air and responding with obscenities after asking the instructor whether he was Mormon.

College spokesman Todd Haynie said a female counselor had a similar encounter. The Greeley Tribune reports University of Northern Colorado spokesman Nate Haas said Craig is a former assistant men's basketball coach for the school.

Craig left the University of Northern Colorado in 2011 to become the head men's basketball coach at Midland College. Craig spent two seasons with the Chaparrals, compiling an overall record of 37-18 during that time.

The Chaps finished 19-8 last season and failed to qualify for the NJCAA Region V Tournament for a second consecutive year. Craig resigned in an email to MC athletics director Forrest Allen on March 21.

The announcement capped off a day in which it appears Craig wrote about end-of-the-world prophecies and other conspiracy theories on his Twitter account and in a personal blog, which contained 31 hand-written pages, all dated on March 20.

Haynie says police arrested him, but prosecutors didn't pursue charges.