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Morehead State’s Woods may face discipline for push

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Morehead State first-year coach Sean Woods is facing possible disciplinary action after appearing to shove Eagles’ point guard Devon Atkinson during Wednesday’s 81-70 loss to Kentucky.

Athletic department spokesman Matt Segal said Thursday the situation is being discussed internally, and any disciplinary action would be announced this morning.

Atkinson fouled out with 5:51 remaining, and an agitated Woods shouted at the senior as he walked toward the bench. The coach then appeared to shove Atkinson in the back, pushing him forward, and continued yelling at him during the timeout.

Woods, who led Mississippi Valley State to last year’s NCAA tournament before arriving at Morehouse State, said he wants his team to reflect his intense personality. And he especially was animated while facing his alma mater – which has the former point guard’s jersey hanging from the rafters at Rupp Arena.

Woods rarely stood still during the game, pacing the sidelines and getting in Eagles players’ faces. Morehead State responded with a physical game that the Eagles held the lead against Kentucky in both halves.

It also resulted in 32 personal fouls that helped the Wildcats rally to win.

NFL

Big Ben Roethlisberger welcomes a ‘Little Ben’

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife Ashley are giving thanks for their new bundle of joy.

Benjamin Roethlisberger Jr. arrived Wednesday at 10:06 p.m., according to the athlete’s website. The couple’s first child weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was just more than 19 inches long.

The quarterback posted Thursday that mother and baby boy were doing well.

“We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, it really means a lot to us. God is so good!” he wrote.

Roethlisberger made an appearance Thursday at a team facility in Pittsburgh, smiling and waving to a well-wisher who congratulated him as he left practice about 30 minutes early. He previously had been scratched from Sunday’s game against Cleveland because of rib injuries.

Offensive lineman Willie Colon said afterward that Roethlisberger “came in with that big old proud papa chest.”

college football

‘Billionaire Coach’ has Coastal Carolina in playoffs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Coastal Carolina coach Joe Moglia increased the stock value of a company from $700 million to $10 billion in seven years. So he doesn’t think anyone should be surprised he could get the Football Championship Subdivision Chanticleers to the playoffs in his first year.

Plenty of people questioned Coastal Carolina when the school hired the man nicknamed the “Billionaire Coach.” Moglia coached a bit in high school and was an Ivy League assistant before heading into the business world in 1984.

After nearly two decades as a stock broker that were wildly successful, Moglia’s recent coaching resume included only two years as an unpaid executive adviser at Nebraska and a 1-4 record in 2011 as head coach of the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks.

But Moglia sold the school on a simple idea – that putting together a successful business or a successful football team isn’t all that different.

“When I became a leader in the business world, I was a far better business leader because of my experience as a coach. I think frankly I am a better head coach at the college level because of my experience as a business leader,” said Moglia, who is best known for a 500 percent return as CEO of TD Ameritrade from 2001-08.

Coastal Carolina (7-4) won a share of the Big South Conference title and an automatic bid to the playoffs on a tiebreaker. The Chanticleers will be on the road Saturday for an opening-round game against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Bethune-Cookman (9-2).

Associated Press