as for the physical contact, it's obviously completely inappropriate. it's hard to say what it means because they didn't say how hard he kicked them--not just a tap, I assume. the guy knows no boundaries but then there are tons of worse college track coaches who are having inappropriate relationships with their athletes. I recall Bev Kearney and the ASU throws coach, among the many, many ones out there (particularly bad are the coercive ones, obviously). The rules have changed over the past two decades as to sexual relations where in the past they were accepted among staff and students but that when the staff member was responsible in some way for the student, that had to be told to a superior, whereas now they are pretty much verboten. In this case, there was no such relation. As for non-sexual touching of a knee, that's not a firable offense, and gender equity says you can't permit women to do something (and they do the hugging and this sort of touching all the time) and forbid it to men. Wisdom says touch not and say nothing suggestive, so he's got to learn that and probably won't get that chance at Lehigh despite his stellar coaching record otherwise now that it is public.