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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Todd Bozeman explains incident

By Andy Katz

Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman said Wednesday night that he spoke in front of a school committee and told them what occurred at South Carolina State last Saturday.

Todd Bozeman
Morgan State's Todd Bozeman says his situation, in which the coach has been accused of striking guard Larry Bastfield midgame, was blown out of proportion.

Bozeman said he didn't strike player Larry Bastfield, as alleged by South Carolina State president George Cooper.

After Bozeman said he was done, there were no follow-up questions. Bozeman said he wasn't informed what will happen next, or if his indefinite suspension would be lifted.

Bozeman was suspended with pay for the Bears' loss Monday at Savannah State. Morgan State athletic director Floyd Kerr didn't return a message seeking comment.

Morgan State (3-10, 1-1 MEAC) hosts Hampton Monday.

Athletic director Floyd Kerr informed Bozeman of the decision late Sunday night, Bozeman told The Baltimore Sun. The school has launched an investigation into the incident.

On Monday, Bozeman called the reaction by the school "overblown" when speaking to The Associated Press.

"I didn't hit him," Bozeman told The AP.

The coach insisted that he would never strike one of his athletes.

"I love my players," Bozeman said. "I'm an emotional coach, but I don't get physical with my players in that way. I hug them, I kiss them on the forehead."

Andy Katz is a senior college basketball writer for Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.