Morehead, KY (Sports Network) - Morehead State men's basketball coach Sean
Woods has been suspended one game after shoving point guard Devon Atkinson
during Wednesday's loss to Kentucky.
Woods, who was hired in May to replace Donnie Tyndall, shoved Atkinson in the
back as he walked to the bench during a timeout and continued to shout at the
senior during the stoppage.
"My behavior during Wednesday night's game was inappropriate and unacceptable.
I am truly sorry," Woods said. "I value the opportunity I have been given as
the head men's basketball coach at Morehead State. I am passionate about the
young men on our team and the opportunities we have together. I care for them
deeply. I can assure our student-athletes, university community, alumni and
fans that anything approaching this type of situation will not happen again."
The school launched an investigation on Thursday to further examine the
incident, before releasing a statement on Friday with the decision to suspend
Woods for Monday's contest with Norfolk State.
"We believe Coach Woods, while remorseful, is not above reproach. Therefore,
he will be suspended for Monday nights game against Norfolk State. This will
allow Coach Woods to consider his action and behavior, and allow him time to
contemplate the appropriate way to conduct himself with his players and on the
sideline," Morehead State director of athletics Brian Hutchinson said.
Woods led Mississippi Valley State to last year's NCAA Tournament before
taking over as the Eagles' coach.
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