College basketball coach Sean Woods was suspended on Friday after pushing one of his player’s during Morehead State’s loss to Kentucky earlier this week.
Assistant coach Dylan Howard will fill in for Woods on Monday night when Morehead State takes on Norflk State.
Morehead State athletic director Brian Hutchinson said:
“It is our expectation that our coaches are first teachers, who reflect the core values of the university which includes valuing the individual and treating people with respect … We believe Coach Woods, while remorseful, is not above reproach. Therefore, he will be suspended for Monday night’s 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.”
Yahoo Sports reports that the incident occurred near the end of the game when point guard Devon Akinson fouled out. Woods didn’t return to the bench quickly enough and started yelling at his player. Woods pushed Akinson and then continued to scream at him on the bench.
Here’s the video of the incident.
Woods released a statement apologizing for the incident.
“My behavior during Wednesday night’s game was inappropriate and unacceptable. I am truly sorry. 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.”