Mississippi Valley State Head Coach Chico Potts Suspended Indefinitely Following Arrest

By Paul Seaver
Derick E. Hingle-USA Today Sports

The SWAC does not produce the juggernauts in college basketball and in fact, usually only one team qualifies for the NCAA Tournament and that team is normally placed in the First Four round as a No. 16 seed. Long story short, the competition just does not match that of other, larger Division I leagues.

In turn, you may not necessarily be familiar with the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils and their head coach Chico Potts. Well, earlier this month, Potts was arrested on a domestic violence charge and now a suspension has surfaced because of it. Potts, who is in his second season with the Delta Devils has been suspended indefinitely with pay while the investigation pans out, this according to a release from the university on Friday morning.

Potts guided the Delta Devils to a 5-23 mark overall during the 2012-13 season and this was just one year removed from an appearance in the NCAA Tournament under Sean Woods. Mississippi Valley State advanced to the First Four round in 2012 under Woods, who then opted to take the head coaching position at Morehead State, which subsequently led to the school’s hiring of Potts.

Following a year in which the team managed only five wins, this is certainly not a situation that the school wants to have to deal with. It is going to be interesting to see how the investigation pans out from here and while Potts is now suspended, only time will tell if/when he returns to his normal position as head coach.


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