Morehead Coach, Former UK Star Docked a Game for Outburst [VIDEO]
If you saw the Kentucky/Morehead State game Wednesday night, you saw an Eagles club that came to play. Morehead led most of the first half and even held a lead in the second. Ultimately, the 'Cats came around and won by eleven. It wasn't easy.
And, for some, it wasn't easy watching Morehead State coach and former UK great Sean Woods couple a severe dressing down of his senior guard Devon Atkinson with a shove to the back.
College basketball analysts Internet-wide have weighed in with varying degrees of disdain. And now, so has Morehead State athletic director Brian Hutchinson with a one-game suspension for Coach Woods.
Woods seems to have a fiery presence on the sidelines and a penchant for expressing his opinion. Prior to the game, he confessed his distaste for Willie Cauley-Stein not even knowing who Christian Laettner was, let alone not remembering The Shot.
I guess that did rub Woods the wrong way, as it was he who was guarding Laettner on that fateful night in Philadelphia 20 years ago when Duke beat Kentucky by one point in the Wildcats' first NCAA Tournament appearance following a multi-year post-season ban.
It's clearly something Woods will never forget and it bugged him that there are players on Kentucky's current team who have no knowledge of that game. Maybe he carried some of that irritation onto the court Wednesday night. Who knows?
He'll sit out one game and be back on the sidelines soon enough. Maybe he can channel an obvious surplus of energy into positive reinforcement for his players, who are clearly a talented bunch of kids in a surprisingly decent Ohio Valley Conference.
Morehead will be in conference battles with currently undefeated Belmont and Eastern Kentucky as well as red hot Murray State, a team that features player of the year candidate Isaiah Canaan.
Coach Woods is a very good coach and focus must now be a top priority. He's apologized for his comments and his outburst and it's time for everyone to move on.