Morehead State Eagles head basketball coach Sean Woods has been suspended from one game by the university for making contact with Eagles point guard Devon Atkinson late in the second half of their 81-70 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats on Wednesday.
The incident occurred with 5:51 remaining in the contest when Atkinson fouled out of the game; Woods was infuriated with his senior point guard and began yelling him once he walked towards the bench. Once Atkinson reached the bench it appeared that Woods shoved him in the back during a timeout and while continuing to yell at him.
Woods actions will cause the head coach to miss the Eagles game versus Norfolk State on Monday.
In a statement released by Morehead State, Woods said the following, “My behavior during Wednesday night’s game was inappropriate and unacceptable. I am truly sorry.” In the same statement Morehead State athletic director Brian Hutchinson had the following to say,”We believe Coach Woods, while remorseful, is not above reproach. 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.”
Prior to Woods arriving at Morehead State this season he was the head coach at Mississippi Valley State from 2008-12 where he led the Delta Devils to a NCAA Tournament appearance after the 2011-12 season in which the team complied a 21-13 record including a 17-1 mark in conference play.
Woods also is an alumni of Kentucky and upon making his return to Rupp Arena was fired up to lead his new team against the team where he played point guard for four seasons and has his jersey retired in the rafters there.