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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: 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)

MEAC tournament bracket page

Posted by Eric Angevine

Photo: US Presswire

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