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A police affadavit alleges Morehead State's men's basketball coach battered two players while the team was in Evansville to face the Aces on Nov. 19.

Sophomore Malik Maitland told Morehead State University Police that head coach Sean L. Woods backhanded him twice in the chest at halftime. Junior Soufiyane Diakite told MSUPD that Woods shoved him twice – once during a timeout and once at halftime. He also told police that he saw Woods strike Maitland. University police then alerted the Evansville Police Department of the allegations.

Woods has been charged with battery, a class A misdemeanor. If found guilty, Woods could face up to one year in jail and fines up to $5,000. The university has suspended him with pay while they complete an internal investigation.

"Resulting from complaints received, the institution has begun an investigation involving the head basketball coach. While we continue through the formal process, we believe it is prudent to suspend the coach until the investigation is finished," Morehead State director of athletics Brian Hutchinson said in a statement.

Woods is in his fifth season as the head coach at Morehead State. He played at the University of Kentucky from 1989-92 and is a 1988 graduate of Indianapolis Cathedral High School. He was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.

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