Morehead State Men’s Coach Suspended For Alleged Battery On Two Players
Forgive the state of Indiana if they're a bit sensitive about Div. I college basketball coaches manhandling their players. Of course you know how Bobby Knight got his pink slip at Indiana University -- grabbing your guard by the throat in practice, not cool.
Now Morehead State University men’s basketball coach Sean Woods is in trouble, with two of his own players accusing him of battery. Lexington Herald-Leader:
After Morehead’s game at the University of Evansville on Nov. 19, two players, Malik Maitland and Soufiyane Diakite, told a Morehead State police officer that Woods assaulted them during the game, according to the television station. The officer contacted police in Evansville.
Maitland said that during halftime, the coach backhanded him in the chest; Diakite said the coach shoved him during a timeout and again in the locker room, WKYT reported from court documents.
On Tuesday, Woods was charged with battery resulting in bodily injury in Vanderburgh County, Ind. He is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 9.
Woods was suspended for one game in 2012 after allegedly shoving another player, Devon Atkinson, during a loss to Kentucky. Following the latest allegation he was suspended with pay last month while the university investigated the allegations.
Coaches have to know that these days you can't rough up your players -- in fact, there may not have ever been a time when you could. Even Norman Dale was busted from college to high school coaching for doing that in Hoosiers.
Woods grew up in Indianapolis during the height of Bobby Knight-mania with the Hoosiers, but played at Kentucky (1988-92). In three of those four seasons the Wildcats were ineligible for pot-season play due to recruiting violations.
As a coach Woods made the NCAA Tournament with Mississippi Valley State in 2012, but hasn't been back since.
Assistant coach Preston Spradlin has replaced Woods as interim head coach.
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