College Basketball Nation: Todd Bozeman

3-point shot: Bozeman not talking

January, 20, 2012
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1. Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman isn’t going to discuss his suspension for the time being, but it’s a fair question if the decision by the school did irreparable harm to his career. Bozeman denied any wrongdoing since the allegation surfaced that he hit his own player Larry Bastfield. Bozeman will have to do some damage control on the road after this allegation led to him sitting out three games.

2. Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said this Murray State team isn’t the best in Racer history, even if it ends up running the table. Cronin said former coach Mark Gottfried had one of the best teams ever in Murray. But the former Racer coach said he couldn’t be happier for his former employer. He said he and Gottfried discussed how cool it was to see Murray State in the top 25, let alone the top 10.

3. Middle Tennessee has a real BracketBuster type game when it goes to Vanderbilt on Jan. 28. This was brilliant scheduling by MT coach Kermit Davis. The Blue Raiders are 6-0 in the Sun Belt after beating Arkansas State Thursday night. The Blue Raiders are 17-2 overall with non-conference wins at UCLA and over Ole Miss, which sound good in name only. That’s why a road win at Vandy would do wonders for the potential at-large profile if the Blue Raiders have a gaudy record but lose in the Sun Belt title game.

3-point shot: Judging the Seminoles

January, 18, 2012
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1. Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said late Saturday night after the Seminoles crushed North Carolina that he wanted to wait to see how his team responded this week before fully judging its potential. Well, the Seminoles beat Maryland by 14 at home Tuesday night. Not bad. Duke is next in Cameron on Saturday.

2. Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman is still idle as he waits and waits for the administration to see if he’ll be reinstated after South Carolina State president George Cooper alleged that Bozeman struck Bears player Larry Bastfield. The Bears are 1-2 with Bozeman off the bench (he can’t conduct practice, either). The Bears host North Carolina A&T on Saturday.

3. Marshall coach Tom Herrion said Central Florida’s Isaiah Sykes did hit him in the sternum and that is what forced him to fall back on the bench and then stumble to the floor before he regained composure during the Herd’s win over UCF on Saturday. The bizarre video shows Sykes appearing to come into contact with Herrion as Sykes is running down the sideline in front of the Herd bench. Sykes received a flagrant 1 foul. Conference USA spokesperson Courtney Morrison-Archer said the league reviewed the incident and the officials made the correct call and no additional penalties are forthcoming.

Anthony Hubbard lands at Morgan State

September, 3, 2011
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Anthony Hubbard will get his second chance from a coach who knows all about second chances.

Iowa had taken a chance on signing Hubbard before abruptly releasing the junior college transfer and 26-year-old ex-felon from his national letter of intent in July so he could attend school closer to his Virginia home.

Now according to the Des Moines Register, Hubbard has enrolled at Morgan State to play for coach Todd Bozeman, who received an eight-year show-cause penalty for paying the parents of a Cal player before landing his current job.
"Everybody I talked to told me Anthony was a good kid," Bozeman said. "People make mistakes in life. Some of us get more attention than others. But everybody deserves to move on. I made a mistake in my professional career, got another chance and made the most of it."

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Bozeman had a question of his own: How is Hubbard [in deciding to leave Iowa] any different from all the coaches who change jobs?

"How's that different from Dana Altman going to Arkansas and coming back to Creighton? People change their minds."

Bozeman told the paper he didn't have any indication that Hubbard was forced out at Iowa, but the circumstances of the departure remain unclear.

The Hawkeyes have not said much about Hubbard's departure since announcing his release, with coach Fran McCaffery saying it was the player's decision. The team had explored Hubbard's background before signing someone who had served nearly four years in prison after being convicted in connection with a 2003 home robbery.

Athletic director Gary Barta has since said Hubbard did not have added restrictions while at Iowa without confirming or denying whether the 6-foot-5 guard was dismissed.

McCaffery told the Des Moines Register last week that he wished Hubbard the best at Morgan State.
"Things happen in recruiting," McCaffery said. "I don't take anything personally. I still think the world of the kid. I think he’s going to be great. I hope he gets his degree, has two good years and then hopefully plays some professional basketball."

McCaffery discounted speculation that Hubbard was told to leave because he didn’t fulfill a set of standards put in place for him after he signed.

"He decided to transfer," McCaffery said. "That was it."

What will Todd Bozeman do next?

March, 10, 2010
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Later today, Morgan State will kick of its MEAC tournament slate with a quarterfinal game against the mighty North Carolina A&T Aggies. Morgan State enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed and the dominant conference power over the past three years. In that time, the Bears have a record of 42-6 in conference play.

The reason why? One Mr. Todd Bozeman.

Oh, yes, you remember the name. Bozeman coached at Cal from 1993 to 1996, where at the age of 29 he became the second-youngest coach to ever win a Sweet 16 game. Then, Bozeman resigned, admitting he paid $30,000 to the parents of Jelani Gardner so they could drive to watch their son play. ($30,000 is a pretty sweet travel budget. Rick Majerus remains jealous.)

So Bozeman was punished. Hard. The NCAA vacated two of the coach's seasons, including its 1996 tournament appearance, and Bozeman was hit with the coaching death penalty: an eight-year show cause order that essentially prevented schools from hiring him for the better part of a decade.

That order expired in 2004, and Bozeman soon took a job at one of the only places in the country willing to risk it: Morgan State. It's paid off. Bozeman has been a three-time MEAC coach of the year, recruiting the conference's best players, dominating his league each year but his first and, in 2008-09, got the Bears to their first NCAA tournament in the school's history.

That was Bozeman's major "It's me, snitches!" moment. This year, it just feels routine. The more pertinent question is one asked by this Bozeman feature in The Baltimore Sun: Will Bozeman get another job anytime soon?

It's hard to imagine a major program taking a risk with Bozeman, but there are plenty of Division 1 teams with higher profiles that might present a better opportunity for the formerly disgraced coach to prove his mettle. And there are plenty of mid-major coaches on the rise. But there's no denying that Bozeman's insane run in the MEAC these past four years is the very thing budding big-time coaching résumés are made of.

At the very least, Bozeman can be thankful he made his mistakes when he was young, because big time or not, he's got plenty of years left.

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