BALTIMORE — Morgan State basketball coach Todd Bozeman has been suspended indefinitely without pay after being involved in a physical altercation with one of his players during a victory at South Carolina State on Saturday night.
Bozeman is accused of punching senior guard Larry Bastfield during the game. The extent of the contact between Bozeman and Bastfield is being reviewed by officials of both schools.
The story was first reported by The (Baltimore) Sun.
"It's definitely overblown," Bozeman told The Associated Press on Monday. "I didn't hit him."
The coach said Bastfield also contends he was not hit in the face.
Bozeman has been asked by athletic director Floyd Kerr to separate himself from the team and avoid contact with his players, pending an investigation by the school. Bozeman will not coach the Bears on Monday night for their game at Savannah State.
"There should have been an investigation already," Bozeman said shortly before boarding a plane for Baltimore.
A school official said Kerr was out of town.
The newspaper said South Carolina State University President George Cooper confronted Bozeman about the incident after the game and told him he was going to contact the authorities.
University spokeswoman Erica Taylor told the AP Monday that Cooper does not plan to talk publically about what he thinks happened at Saturday night's game.
Bozeman has been coach at Morgan State since the start of the 2006-2007 season. He arrived after an eight-year ban for NCAA violations.
The Bears are 3-9, 1-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, after their 73-68 win on Saturday night.