Sean Woods Charged with Battery, Reportedly Resigns as Morehead State Coach

Alec NathanFeatured Columnist

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 19: Head coach Sean Woods of the Morehead State Eagles looks on against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the game at Fifth Third Arena on November 19, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Morehead State 69-61. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Basketball coach Sean Woods was charged with misdemeanor battery Tuesday after two Morehead State players said he assaulted them during a Nov. 19 game against the University of Evansville, according to WKYT.

On Thursday,'s Jon Rothstein, citing a source, reported Woods resigned.

Citing court documents, WKYT reported "Malik Maitland told police that Woods backhanded him in the chest during halftime, causing pain." The report also states forward Soufiyane Diakte told police that Woods shoved him at two different points during the game.

The school formally suspended Woods on Nov. 22, when it was announced Morehead State was launching an investigation into his alleged actions.

"Resulting from complaints received, the institution has begun an investigation involving the head basketball coach," athletic director Brian Hutchinson said in a news release at the time of the suspension, per the Lexington Herald-Leader. "While we continue through the formal process, we believe it is prudent to suspend the coach until the investigation is finished."

Woods was also suspended by the school in November 2012 for shoving Devon Atkinson after the point guard fouled out of a game against the Kentucky Wildcats.

The charge was filed against Woods in Indiana—where the game took place—and he is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 9.

Preston Spradlin is currently serving as Morehead State's interim head coach.