Morgan State head coach Todd Bozeman has been suspended with pay after an incident involving senior guard Larry Bastfield.
According to the Baltimore Sun, athletic director Floyd Kerr notified Bozeman on Sunday night at 11 p.m. that Bozeman was to return home from Savannah, Ga. Morgan State faces Savannah State on Monday night.
Bozeman said that Kerr informed him that he was to “separate” himself from the team and have no further contact with any of his players or assistant coaches until further notice.
The incident with Bastfield occurred toward the end of Morgan State’s victory at South Carolina State on Saturday night. Bozeman said it was “accidental contact,” while eyewitness accounts told the Sun that Bozeman punched Bastfield in the face.
Bastfield told the paper that the incident was being exaggerated.
“He accidentally bumped me in the chest,” he said. “It was something that happens in the heat of the game.”
South Carolina State school president George E. Cooper reportedly notified authorities, while campus police also asked Bastfield if he wanted to press charges against Bozeman.
Bozeman has been the head coach at Morgan State for six years after coaching at California in the 1990s. While with the Golden Bears, Bozeman admitted to paying a recruit’s parents $30,000. As a result, California had to forfeit the entire 1994-95 season and all but two games of the 1995-96 season. The NCAA also placed an eight-year show-cause order on Bozeman.