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Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:34 pm

Morgan State's Todd Bozeman reinstated

By Jeff Goodman

Morgan State has reinstated coach Todd Bozeman. 

Bozeman had been suspended after an incident in which he struck player Larry Bastfield on Jan. 7 at South Carolina State. He missed the past three games and wasn't allowed to participate in any basketball-related activities during the school's investigation. 

"I'm just happy to be back with my team," Bozeman told CBSSports.com on Thursday night.  

"I'm glad he's back," Bastfield told CBSSports.com moments after hearing the news. "The while thing was an accident. I knew he'd be back." 

The news of Bozeman's reinstatement was first reported by ESPN.com. 

In watching video of the incident, it was difficult to judge how much contact was made between Bozeman and Bastfield. 

"I was walking to the huddle, and he tried to get my attention," Bastfield said. "When I turned my head, he got me in the chest -- but it wasn't intentional. The whole thing was incidental." 

Morgan State is 1-2 in Bozeman's absence. Bozeman and Bastfield both met with a committee shortly after the incident and finally announced a decision on Thursday. 

Bozeman will be back on the sidelines Saturday when the Bears face N.C. A&T. 

Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:51 am

Todd Bozeman suspended after incident with player

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
Posted on: March 12, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2011 5:42 pm

Welcome to the Dance, Hampton Pirates

Brandon TunnellYou may not remember the Hampton Pirates, but Iowa State fans do. The Pirates engineered one of the all-time great upsets in NCAA tournament history in 2001, upsetting Larry Eustachy's 2nd-seeded Cyclones 58-57.

With 68 teams getting in this year, a 15 seed might just be a warm memory, but that doesn't matter to fans of the HBCU located in Hampton, VA. The Pirates are going dancing again.

Hampton survived a 25-point explosion from Morgan State's DeWayne Jackson to claim the MEAC postseason title with a 60-55 win. Hampton's guard tandem of Brandon Tunnell (right) and Darion Pellum combined to score 32 points, including an excellent 12-14 from the free throw line, to hold onto the late lead. Danny Agbelese contributed 3 blocks in his role as defensive stopper.

Vital Statistics

Record: 24-8, 11-5
Team colors: Blue and white
We're thinking: 16 seed
Kenpom.com rating: 211
RPI: 163
Best win: Colorado State
Worst loss: Florida A&M (twice)
Notable stat: The Pirates are very good at denying the two-point bucket. Opponents average just 41 percent inside the arc against Hampton.
Most recent tournament history: 2006, lost to Monmouth in the preliminary round.

Posted by Eric Angevine

Photo: Getty Images

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Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 11, 2011 10:29 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 10:36 pm

MEAC championship game preview

Todd BozemanTodd Bozeman (right) is back in the MEAC championship game. His No. 4 seed Morgan State Bears (17-13, 10-6) will take on the No. 2 Hampton Pirates (22-8, 11-5) at 2:00 p.m. ET for the league's auto-bid to the NCAA tournament. The former Cal coach has led Morgan State to the NCAA tournament in back-to-back seasons and is now seeking his third straight appearance.

Morgan State drew the unenviable task of taking on Bethune-Cookman, the team that led the MEAC at season's end with a dominant 13-3 record. One of those three losses came at the hands of Morgan State, and Bozeman's crew was able to repeat the feat and advance to the final game in the league tourney.

The Bears beat Bethune-Cookman thanks in large part to a 22-point game by reserve forward Kevin Thompson. Starters Larry Bastfield (15 points) and Dewayne Jackson (11 points) scored in double figures for the team from Baltimore, Maryland as well.

On the other side of the floor will be the Hampton Pirates, who polished off 6-seed Norfolk State in the other semifinal. The Virginia-based team relied on a 30-point outburst by Kwame Morgan II to counteract a stellar 19 point, 17 rebound, 6 block night from Norfolk State's Kyle O'Quinn. Hampton was able to draw on a deeper bench to defeat the Spartans 85-61 and advance to face Morgan State.

Title game: 2:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, March 12 (ESPN2)

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Posted on: March 7, 2011 4:16 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 7:01 pm

MEAC conference tourney preview

It’s tough out there for the MEAC. Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 65 teams, a rotating membership of teams from the SWAC, Patriot, Southland, Big South, MEAC and other low-RPI conferences have traditionally been slotted in the “and one” format. Now that there’s a First Four, that marginalization will likely only become worse.

Nonetheless, there’s a lot of history and pride going into these games, and intriguing coaches like Fang Mitchell and Todd Bozeman will be roaming the sidelines. This season has belonged to Bethune-Cookman (20-11, 13-3). Oddly enough, all three league losses came at home against other teams in the top four seeds, meaning that B-C put up a perfect road record in conference play, but couldn’t protect their own house. With Hampton (21-8, 11-5), Coppin State (16-13, 11-5) and Morgan State (15-13, 10-6) lying in wait on the road to the auto bid, perhaps it’s better that the tournament is played in Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, NC, far away from the Wildcats’ home floor in Daytona Beach, FL.


Title game: 2:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, March 12 (ESPN2)

C.J. Reed of Bethune-CookmanBEST PLAYERS  

  1. C.J. Reed, Bethune-Cookman (right)
  2. Danny Agbelese, Hampton
  3. Kyle O’Quinn, Norfolk State


Conference RPI: 30

KenPom.com rating: 30

Sagarin rating: 30

NCAA Tournament Locks: None

NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams: None


Last NCAA Tournament Appearance:

Bethune-Cookman: N/A

Hampton: 2006 (71-49 loss to Monmouth)

Coppin State: 2008 (69-60 loss to Mt. St. Mary’s)

Morgan State: 2010 (77-50 loss to West Virginia)

North Carolina A&T: 1995 (79-47 loss to Wake Forest)

Norfolk State: N/A

Florida A&M: 2007 (77-69 loss to Niagara)

Delaware State: 2005 (57-46 loss to Duke)

South Carolina State: 2003 (71-54 loss to Oklahoma)

Maryland-Eastern Shore: N/A

Howard: 1992 (100-67 loss to Kansas)


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