Morgan State coach Bozeman’s status still up in air after hearing

January 12, 2012 | WNST Staff

The future of Morgan State head coach Todd Bozeman remains in limbo after he was placed on paid administrative leave without pay following an alleged incident in the closing minutes of the Bears’ win Saturday at South Carolina State.

A source tells WNST.net’s Glenn Clark that Bozeman met with Morgan State officials Wednesday evening to explain the incident at Saturday’s South Carolina State game, but no decision was immediately made.

South Carolina State president George E. Cooper accused Bozeman of punching senior guard Larry Bastfield in the face during a timeout near the end of the Bears’ win over South Carolina State. Campus police asked the player if he wished to press charges, but Bastfield has said the “accidental contact” has been blown out of proportion. Bozeman was then ordered by athletic director Floyd Kerr to return to Baltimore on Monday as Morgan lost at Savannah State later that evening.

Bozeman met with a university committee responsible for investigating the incident on Wednesday night, a meeting that reportedly lasted 30 to 45 minutes. However, Bozeman was denied the presence of legal counsel at the meeting and was not allowed to take notes. He has reportedly been given no indication on a timetable for a decision or a framework of discipline by Morgan State.

The Morgan State coach has repeatedly denied striking Bastfield and has sought legal counsel in resolving the issue.

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