Sean Woods tears into one of his Morehead State players -

Sean Woods tears into one of his Morehead State players

Even though Morehead State battled Kentucky until the end before losing 81-70 on Wednesday, their performance will be overshadowed by head coach Sean Woods yelling at one of his players.

Down eight points with just under six minutes remaining, Devon Atkinson was called for his fifth foul. When heading to the bench, Woods got in Atkinson’s face and tore into the senior guard.

Woods nearly made Atkinson cry after pushing him and then screaming in his face for over a minute. Reminds you of the good ol’ days of Bob Knight yelling at Steve Alford.

The day before the game, Woods, who played basketball at Kentucky, had this to say about the program and his explanation of the entitlement of the Kentucky players:

“These kids nowadays are just so different. When I was coming up, we were humble. Very humble. I think because of the success that Cal has created — which is not a bad thing, it’s a great thing — it just lets you know what Kentucky basketball is right now. But I’m just one of those kids really, really am a blueblood Kentucky guy at heart. There’s just a certain way and a certain look Kentucky basketball players should have, and not have such a sense of entitlement. I think today, it’s still an honor to wear that uniform.”

Update: Sean Woods has been suspended one game for his conduct

Previously: Highlights from Jack Taylor’s 138 point night
Previously: UNC’s Hairston drills half-court shot



  1. don
    November 22, 2012 - 

    not cool at all the way he went off on the kid….my patience aint that cool i dont think i would have been able to take that…. some coaches same to go over the top when it comes to discipline. This aint the army bro ease back

    • Charles
      November 23, 2012 - 

      I agree. If that was me and the man pushed me like that I would have probably smacked him in the nose.

  2. November 22, 2012 - 

    i glade that was not my son first i would have got my son for punking out,then i would have torn a new ass into woods for disrespecting my kid especially on national tv

    • don
      November 22, 2012 - 

      i agree with you i would have broke his jaw especially if he shoved me like he did that kid

    • Rick
      November 22, 2012 - 

      Punking out? Wow, I can see you raise your kids with a great deal of respect. Punking out? What about respecting your elders? Yes, what the coach did was wrong, in the fact he put his hands on him. And I agree the public humiliation was uncalled for. IF he was to retaliate against the coach, that player/student is done in ANY college and would be looking at possible charges, further hurting him as an individual. So no, I don’t look at it as punking out, I look at it as he walked away from a bad situation (which SOME parent’s encourage, as do I). With that being said, he shouldn’t have opened his mouth to the coach after all. Both were wrong, but more so the coach for becoming physical.

      • brian
        November 23, 2012 - 

        I wonder how big a man Woods would be if he was dealing with a for Ricks remarks that the player could have possible charges brought against, the player has the right to defend himself.The player could charge woods for assault.instead of suspending woods for 1 game dock him 5 games pay.

      • November 24, 2012 - 

        Well said. I agree with you 100%. Its not “punking out”.

  3. JB
    November 22, 2012 - 

    This is the exact reason that this sport is failing… No one wants to see this kind of stuff… That coach went to far… they think these kids are their pawns and can treat them anyway this wish… No You cant….

    I am a Gamecock fan… You wanna see screaming and yelling watch Frank Martin… I went to the 1st home game and will not return… Up by 17 and in the kids faces screaming and yelling… I dont want my kids to see that, and there was several other that said the same…

    • peace6
      November 22, 2012 - 

      this sport is failing?? Seriously??? NO!!! Really???

    • Ryan
      November 24, 2012 - 

      Frank Martin brought Kansas State U some success in college basketball, but I don’t miss him as our coach. He was always yelling at players, and you could tell the players always looked at the bench if they made a bad play b/c they figured they were coming out. I understand emotion and some yelling at players but coach Martin goes way over the top. Good luck with him.

  4. grow up
    November 22, 2012 - 

    imagine a white coach laying into him. the fire storm wouldn’t be about a coach finally calling out punk attitude. now grow up, it’s about time an adult went off on some punk action in this sport.

    • James
      November 22, 2012 - 

      As freaking serious??? What/why does or would it matter what color or race the coach was? You sound like a world class Idiot! I can tell you this… If this was my child and you was the coach I wouldn’t give if you was Purple we would be in someone’s ERoom trying to get my foot out of your A**. Believe that!!! “SMDH”

    • Carr
      November 23, 2012 - 

      Hey, there was a white coach involved. He grabbed the player by his jersey after the coach pushed him. He was in the player’s face as well. i think he should be suspended along with the head coach.

      • November 23, 2012 - 

        I, too ,noticed the man in the gray suit mouthing off at the player. The coach had no right to shove him in the back as a means of “coaching” him. Beings he has a history of another in the face incident I think the higher ups need to seriously look into anger management classes for this guy. Or flind another coach everyone can respect. Evidently he himself has no reapect for his players.

    • December 18, 2012 - 

      Thank you for all the great info!!I got Coach bag for Christmas, and i couldn’t find it oilnne. Then I came across your website. My bag has G s on the inside and outside. So obviously it’s fake. I wondered about it the first look I gave it.THANKS!!Have a nice weekend.

  5. Andy
    November 22, 2012 - 

    Sean Woods you are an ass hole.

  6. Z
    November 22, 2012 - 

    Atkinson was wrong for mouthing something at coach Woods instead of keeping his mouth shut. Probably never had a father around to give him any direction or discipline. Give Atkinson a crying towel and a box of tampons.

      November 22, 2012 - 

      Yeah, because fouling out of a basketball game correlates with the amount of parenthood you received as a child. Wow, you are so dumb.

  7. kernolklink
    November 22, 2012 - 

    This is a perfect example of black on black violence. No one has the right to lay hands on another! The coach was out of line pushing the player. He should be fired immediately! He is setting all the wrong examples on national TV. Dump this loser now!

  8. David
    November 22, 2012 - 

    Wow, so many against Woods here. Is dicipline such a thing of the past that the public gets on Woods for having a stern talk with a disrespecting ballplayer? And we all wonder why we have problems with attitudes from the young!!

  9. November 22, 2012 - 

    If my son was looking at Morehead State ! that incident would rule out that school.he thinks he’s Bobby knight.

    • Rick
      November 22, 2012 - 

      Bobby Knight was one of the best coaches EVER! Some of his actions were uncalled for, but what he did as a coach and holding players accountable for their actions and putting academics before basketball, made him a GREAT coach! Roy Williams & Bill Self, as well as, Coach K, top my list of Class Coaches! That’s exactly why my son wants to go to KU, because of Bill Self and what he stands for.

      • Mn'M
        November 23, 2012 - 

        The only difference is Bobby was a winner and didn’t act this way his first year on the job. He earned the right to get excited and people understood him after awhile. Mr. Wood will never reach that level of accomplishments.

  10. Ricky Tharp
    November 22, 2012 - 

    He’s lucky it wasn’t my kid, because I would have whooped him like a government mule! There is NO ROOM in sports for this kind of crap! What kind of example does this set for our children? Getting in the faces of players and berating them in public, nose to nose, spitting as he yells. He would have been headbutted by me, If I was a player. He needs to be run out of any kind of sports coaching and put back in the fields, picking cotton! Not trying to be racist, but if he wants to act like a thug, he should be treated as a thug!

  11. perky663
    November 22, 2012 - 

    I could not believe what I saw. That was terrible and someone should get in his face and see how he likes it. It’s not life or death bro!

  12. mike
    November 22, 2012 - 

    That coach is a real jerk !! I know i would have punched him the hell out on national tv that is no way to treat another human being..probably has real bad breath too.
    Until someone knock the f**k out of him i bet he will keep doing the same thing

  13. November 22, 2012 - 

    got a little caught up in the moment, right sean. what in the world are you thinking about. that was a young man .i didnt see him do one thing to warnant that ripping you gave him. he made a mistake on a basketball court thats all. you had your players mugging the kentucky players. when that didnt work you turned on your own player. and for all of you asses , with those remarks about the kid needs a crying towel, need to eat shit and die.

  14. brooksie
    November 22, 2012 - 

    quit whining you pooosies. fired? please. it’s called coaching. what, do you ninnies think he deserves a trophy for getting to the game on time? this ain’t 4yr old soccer. If that’s my student athlete, I’d like to have someone hold him accountable for their actions, good or bad,

  15. popeey1
    November 23, 2012 - 

    What a joke…. bottom line, these are college KIDS,not college MEN…the coach should be fired…he’s a bully and a jackass.

  16. dwyane
    November 23, 2012 - 

    The coach should be fired, there is no reason for that conduct. He is suppose to be a mentor not and idiot. Its call coaching

  17. kal
    November 23, 2012 - 

    I have a 22 y/o and if Coach Woods (Bobby Knight or any other so-called tough coach) would have done that to my son, i would be looking at an assault charge right now!!!! Coach Woods should be suspended w/o pay for at least 10 games…..

  18. Andrew
    November 23, 2012 - 

    I’m sick of seeing these narcissistic men who were probably terrible at sports themselves, treating athletes like this. Coaches take note: you are not untouchable. One game suspension is not enough – look at his track record. Woods, your ass needs to be fired.

  19. Bernie
    November 23, 2012 - 

    Seems like scenes reminiscent of Bobby Knight.

  20. cee
    November 23, 2012 - 

    My son play basketball in his youth… if this was my boy i would have kick his tail….. the guy needs to get help……. i hope he get fired !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Mn'M
    November 23, 2012 - 

    There is no place for this behavior in any situation regardless of position in life. Here’s a coach, paid very well, to bring a team to victory and endure a loss with respect. From what I saw, it was a complete lack of human respect and more importantly, Mr. Wood felt it was more pressing to physically and verbally abuse a player than to coach his team responsibly. Mr. Wood ignored his team and focused his energy on a player no longer in the game!!! Mr. Wood has his coaching priorities screwed up and that is a bigger concern from a program standpoint as far as I’m concerned. He will be under the microscope from this point forward and it will eventually cost him his job. This is not a man who knows how to lead or get the best out of his players.

  22. pragmaticfanatic
    November 23, 2012 - 

    Based on the grammar and syntax of the respondents, I can see the audience of this “historically black” university is getting exactly what they deserve. A bunch of knuckle dragging dolts !

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  24. rufdeb1234
    November 23, 2012 - 

    I hope he’s not married or have chidren. He willl never be able to commnicate, coach or teach because he does not have the level of maturity……in dire need of anger management, functional therapy, effective communication, self-help classes and a does of his own medicine, A R E Y O U L I S T E N I N G
    S E A N ?

  25. Christine
    November 23, 2012 - 

    That is not coaching! That is abuse. Laying your hands on someone in anger is abusive. He is wrong. Coaching is coaching. It is a form of mentorship. Sean Woods is setting an extremely poor example as to what is to be tolorated in sports today. Contact on the court is one thing. Contact by a coach is unacceptable. No doubt about it! It was unprofessional, immature, and a disgrace. If that was my son, Sean Woods would be publicly apologizing or resigning.

  26. Lori
    November 24, 2012 - 

    These young men play there hearts out and who gets the credit if they win, RIGHT! the coach. If these coaches are worried about losing there jobs because of a bad team they need to get a different job.

  27. David
    November 24, 2012 - 

    Ok Woods put his arm around the player”s back and gave him a shove off the court.. Its not exactly pushing someone in the back. I have been watching college basketball since i can remember every coach gets into the face of a player especially when the player fouls out with almost 6 minutes left in the game and he is a major key to a comeback and maybe winning the game. Its now the ass chewing the player got hmmmmmm lets see the player didnt step back as Woods turned his back to talk to the team he kinda got right on Woods back like move out of my damn way. That really set Woods off you dont do that to the coach. lets also remember it the player’s fourth season at 3 diferent schools i think the player hasnt learned to respect the boss yet. 20yrs ago if a coach did that to a player it wouldn’t even made the news it would be dimissed as coaching. All the great coaches has done the same thing over time and time again . It called COACHING if you dont want your son or daughter to be treated that way when they make a big mistake on the court during a game then they shouldn’t be playing anyway what a bunch of babies now coming up

  28. Robin
    November 24, 2012 - 


  29. A. Adams
    November 24, 2012 - 

    I agree with the coaches actions. These kids (players) are being babied too much. Remember: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will NEVER hurt me.” The coach only used mere words. Sometimes yelling at a key player builds character, perhaps one day it will build a championship type of player that has a killer instinct to not let the opposing team win. But overall, the coach should tone down his emotions just a tad bit, but NOT compromise his position of authority.

  30. carlos acosta
    November 24, 2012 - 

    NCAAB, should seek for a deep investigation, for this coach action, the kid should quit the basketball program with tha university and try out, with another university, if he made to K.U., he can play in any other place, ah! dony forget to press charges and sue the school, a coach is to be behind his players giving an example to grow inthe sport not to humilliate them in front of everyboby…………………coach you suck!!!!!

  31. November 25, 2012 - 

    I always thought that coaches who bully their players shouldn’t be coaching. The players want to win just as much as the coach, and are doing their best to succeed. Point out their mistakes and provide positive reinforcement, like a good team player.

  32. Shakefellow
    November 25, 2012 - 

    This is way too violent and not the way to address your players. I know coaching is rough at times and the players expect that but pushing and pulling or tugging at their clothes is way too aggressive. Afterall they are out for the same goal…to win. I think one of the best coaches is Bill Self at the University of Kansas. He gets mad but is always good with his players. That’s what happened to football coach Mangino at KU. He was fired for going over the line with the players. It should be a rule that respect goes both ways. Be tough but respect them. These coaches need to be role models.

  33. thehammer.44
    November 25, 2012 - 

    WHAT A ahole should be fired now he:s a mental case. just a thought.

  34. Abraham Spanicek
    June 7, 2013 - 

    Physical activity can provide an outlet for your emotions, especially if you’re about to erupt. If you feel your anger escalating, go for a brisk walk or run, or spend some time doing other favorite physical activities. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before you worked out. -^^;

    Have a good day

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