Mississippi Valley State, Chico Potts Must Turn Focus to Basketball Following Off-Season Suspension

By Paul Seaver
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On Tuesday morning, the athletic department at Mississippi Valley State reinstated head men’s basketball coach Chico Potts, effectively allowing him to return to his duties within the program.

Potts was suspended earlier this month because of a domestic violence charge that he faced. He was acquitted of the charge, so the legal process is now complete. Mississippi Valley State was apparently waiting for things to be solved before reinstating Potts to his normal role.

“I am thankful the legal process has concluded and look forward to returning to my responsibilities as head men’s basketball coach at Mississippi Valley State University,” Potts said Tuesday in a news release after the news was made available to the public. “I look forward to working with the students and fellow coaches as we prepare for the upcoming season.”

With his off-season issues now behind him, Potts can return to coaching the Delta Devils and preparing his squad for the 2013-14 season. Potts will be entering his second season since taking over for Sean Woods, who guided Mississippi Valley State to the NCAA Tournament back in 2012. Woods took the job at Morehead State after that successful season with the Delta Devils.

Potts and MVSU were just 5-23 this past season, so improvements must be on the forefront as the off-season issues have thrown about a shadow on his early tenure with the Delta Devils. The team did not record a non-conference victory as all five of their wins this past season came within SWAC play.


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