TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Indiana State university's most successful football coach is under investigation after the Victory Bell game last night.
ISU police said former coach Dennis Raetz broke a glass window in the press box after the Terre Haute North win over Terre Haute South.
The broken pane of glass in the Memorial Stadium pressbox has been replaced with plywood Saturday morning. A broom and dustpan with glass shards still remain in the bleachers below.
According to witness, right after Terre Haute North scored a two point conversion to win the game, ISU Police Chief Bill Mercier said Dennis Raetz, father of South Head coach Mark Raetz hit the glass, shattering the window and showering people like Lauren Foulke below with bits of glass.
"I got hit in the nose with something," said Foulke. "I didn't even really see what it was. Then I realized that I was bleeding a lot and that I had blood all over my hands."
Blood splatter still remains where emergency personnel look at the injuries. Vigo County Schools Superintendent Danny Tanoos said paramedics treated about 8 people at the stadium. One person was treated and released from the hospital.
"We're still collecting statements," said Mercier. "We expect to wrap up the investigation by Monday. We will be turning our information over to the prosecutor's office."
Dennis Raetz became interim head football coach at ISU again in 2007. He's the winningest coach in Sycamore history after an 18 year stint beginning in 1980.
Raetz told News 10 over the phone that he feels badly about what happened and thought it was plexiglass. He had to get stitches in his arm at the hospital.
Foulke said she believes it was unintentional and he didn't mean to hurt someone. She's just thankful it wasn't any worse.
"I hope it doesn't scar in a really weird awkward way," said Foulke. "But I think it will be fine."
Raetz told News 10 he is not a volunteer coach, but was in the press box to give coaching tips to his son.
Tanoos met with his administrators Friday night and will do so again Monday morning. He said it was too early to say if any action will be taken.
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