Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
If I’m Wayne D. Andrews, the President of Morehead State University, and Brian Hutchinson, the school’s AD, I’m reprimanding men’s basketball coach Sean Woods for his actions Wednesday night.
Woods, the former Kentucky player, deserves some form of punishment for his actions in Morehead State’s 81-70 loss to Kentucky in which he took away from his team’s gutty effort by shoving point guard Devon Atkinson after he fouled out in the second half and then continued to yell at Atkinson — inches from his face — for an extensive period on the bench.
Coaches yell at players for mistakes, it happens.
In this case, Atkinson fouled Archie Goodwin on the perimeter but failed to guard him as Goodwin drove to the basket for two of his game-high 28 points. Atkinson then walked off the floor after he fouled out.
But to shove Atkinson once he got to the sideline was uncalled for and unnecessary.
“It doesn’t bother us,” senior forward Milton Chavis said. “It’s coaching. you have to accept coaching as a player.”
This isn’t the first time Woods has gotten in his player’s faces.
Video clips show him chewing out junior forward Drew Kelly two weeks ago during a loss to Maryland.
“It doesn’t make us uncomfortable,” Kelly said. “We can handle it and it make s us better.”
Who knows if these guys really believe that or if they feel they need to say it for fear of repercussions from Woods.
Either way, Wood’s behavior crosses the line. It doesn’t reflect well on him or the University.
Especially the part where he shoved Atkinson. If I’m that kid’s parents, I’m not happy and I don’t accept it.
Neither should Morehead’s President and Athletic Director.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.