Morehead State suspends coach Sean Woods during investigation
This is Woods' second suspension in five years
Morehead State coach Sean Woods has been suspended with pay while the school completes an investigation following complaints that were filed recently with the university.
"Resulting from complaints received, the institution has begun an investigation involving the head basketball coach," Morehead State's Athletic Director, Brian Hutchinson said in a release. "While we continue through the formal process, we believe it is prudent to suspend the coach until the investigation is finished."
The nature of the complaints that were filed have not been released, however according to a report from WTVQ's Kennedy Hardman, Morehead State players are petitioning the NCAA with arguments of mistreatment and a hostile environment for reasons to transfer and be eligible immediately at a different university.
Sean Woods is in his fifth season as the Morehead State head coach, and during that stint has been publicly criticized for mistreatment in the past -- most notably stemming from an incident that took place during a loss to his alma mater, Kentucky, in 2012. He served a one-game suspension.
In the interim during his suspension, Morehead State has designated assistant coach Preston Spradlin to serve as the interim head coach.
Woods has gone 75-63 in his first four seasons as the head coach, and even received a contract extension this offseason to keep him in town through the 2019 season.
"Assistant coach Preston Spradlin will serve as head coach in the interim, until the investigation is completed," Hutchisons statement said. "We have full confidence in Preston and his ability to lead our student-athletes both on and off the court. Since this is an ongoing process, we will be unable to comment further until this comes to a conclusion."
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