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Morehead State head coach Sean Woods resigns amid controversy

Woods was charged with battery after allegedly striking one of his players

NCAA Basketball: Morehead State at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Morehead State head coach Sean Woods has resigned, a source told Jon Rothstein of Fan Rag Sports.

Woods, who was suspended on Nov. 22 after an altercation with a player, was charged with misdemeanor battery earlier in the week.

The alleged incident occurred Nov. 19 during the Eagles’ game at Evansville. Court documents obtained by WKYT in Evansville say that guard Malik Maitland claims Woods backhanded him in the chest at halftime of the game. Documents also include a claim from forward Soufiyane Diakite, who says Woods shoved him twice during the game — once during a timeout and once in the locker room.

Maitland’s father, Edson, spoke with ESPN after charges were filed and was not forgiving of the fifth-year Morehead State head coach.

"We are very, extremely disappointed in coach Woods," Edson Maitland told ESPN. "He came into our home and violated our trust, the trust that we put in him as a coach. Not only did we ask him to coach our son, but to treat our son just as he would treat his own son. He was reckless with willful intention in his action toward my son, inflicting such a pain on him.”

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reports that an official announcement regarding Wood’s resignation would be made at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Assistant coach Preston Spradlin has been filling in as interim head coach since Woods was suspended.

Woods is due in court on Feb. 9 and his name has already been scrubbed from Morehead State’s official website.