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Todd Bozeman suspended after incident with player

Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:51 am
 

By Jeff Borzello

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.

Category: NCAAB
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Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:30 pm
 

Todd Bozeman suspended after incident with player

I Wish I could agree, but all of Bozeman's fans say the same things when he gets himself into these predicaments. I know because i was willing to fight for him over the NCAA violations--needless to say, I learned at a young age that sometimes coaches are dishonest. Was the media over-reacting when he was paying recruits (not just the one he got caught paying), lying to the NCAA, sexually harassing female students at Cal, spitting on people, lying about it, assaulting a female waitress, then paying her off and acting like it was just about money (in the DC/Baltimore/Northern VA region, his salary isn't considered a good amount of money)...when I heard the story, I wasn't surprised...If he is innocent, then good. If he isn't, then nobody but the media is truly surprised. I will be disappointed if all of the accusations are true, but there are too many people who rush to this man's defense immediately and unconditionally. People have to stop covering up for and defending some of these abusive coaches. People have to realize that there are young men learning from these Coaches, and when they behave arrogantly and show pride in belittling others the young men think it's admirable. They also learn to Disregard other human beings as inferior....Is he so fantastic that we need to continue making excuses for him?



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 7:04 pm
 

Todd Bozeman suspended after incident with player

Because half of the arena witnessed and heard it--It's like if Ike Turner hit Tina in front of a crowd, but denied it when the police showed up. When the President of the college approached him to say that he was out of line, coach treated the man like he was an inferior human being and arrogantly told him to call the athletic director if he had a problem. So I guess he did and to Coach's surprise, he had just berated a university President. (I believe in forgiveness & all humans make mistakes, but he doesn't have the best track record for accuracy or honesty. )




Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:56 pm
 

Todd Bozeman suspended after incident with player

I am confused.It is Morgan State and not Captain Morgan. Yeah,Captain Morgan is booze and Morgan State is??




Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2012 11:11 am
 

Todd Bozeman suspended after incident with player

There a lot of difference between a bump in the chest or a punch in the face.

I think it's typical media / school over reaction.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:05 pm
 

Todd Bozeman suspended after incident with player

SkipTemple wrote:

It is such a shame this kind of stuff goes on and they still let him coach.
Labor laws make it hard to ban a coach for life. Morgan State likely hired Bozeman under parole and thus, the zero tolerance action by the school. This looks like a closing of the coaching door if the facts reported bear true. There is no place in education for abusive teachers. Coaches are teachers and must pay the same price. Bob Knight might have had five national championships if he could have understood this while at Indiana. Mark Mangino might have been still at Kansas had he understood this. The list goes on.

We must hold teachers to a very high standard because they have such a big impact on their students. The fans can and should influence this by insisting schools keep a very high standard. We will see if Morgan State maintains this.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Todd Bozeman suspended after incident with player

Wait a minute, both the coach and the player said nothing happened. So why is Bozeman suspended?



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:14 pm
 

Todd Bozeman suspended after incident with player

This is awful!!
signed: TuTu



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:10 pm
 

Todd Bozeman suspended after incident with player

Ha.  I thought this article was going to be about illegal contact with a recruit. 



Since: Nov 27, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:36 pm
 

Todd Bozeman suspended after incident with player

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME ........................  how in the world is this guy a coach anymore ????   Bribery is against the law ..... wow.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:22 pm
 

Todd Bozeman suspended after incident with player

This is the 21st century. Let's go to the 3-D camera tape!


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