Bozeman surrenders to authorities in Va.

College basketball

February 14, 2007|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun reporter

Farmville, Va. -- Morgan State men's basketball coach Todd Bozeman surrendered to authorities here yesterday afternoon, when an April 24 preliminary court date was set for two misdemeanor charges against him.

Ten days after Bozeman got into an argument at a nearby restaurant, he appeared before a magistrate at the Prince Edward County Courthouse, where warrants for his arrest on Class 1 assault and battery and Class 3 curse and abuse were executed behind closed doors.

Bozeman and Taylor Stone, the attorney who accompanied him, had no comment as they left the courthouse.

According to Jim Ennis, the attorney for Prince Edward County, Bozeman was released on a $1,000 unsecured bond, meaning he didn't have to post any collateral. Ennis confirmed the court date of April 24, and said that one of his assistants will try the case if it goes to court.

Bozeman was charged Feb. 3, after a last-minute loss at Longwood University here, an hour's drive west of Richmond.

He was seeking a refund at a restaurant for what he maintained was an incorrect delivery order for the Bears' traveling party, what was to be the post-game meal on their bus ride back to Baltimore.

While at Mulligan's Sports Grille, Bozeman allegedly got in an argument with several employees. Carlos Holland, a manager, has said that Bozeman placed his hands on Stephanie J. Schreck, who swore out the complaints that led to the arrest warrants that were served yesterday.

Mulligan's is located across High Street from Longwood, just a few blocks from the Prince Edward County Courthouse.

Schreck and Holland were both working yesterday. Schreck said she would not comment until after the case is heard. Holland said that the Mulligan's owner has told his employees not to discuss the case.

Bozeman's arrest and the charges against him have put a damper on his first season with the Bears. Picked to finish 10th in the 11-team Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Morgan State stands second with an 8-4 mark, and is 10-13 overall.

"Before we even went to Longwood, he [Bozeman] was talking about distractions, and not letting them affect you," senior guard Joe McLean said after Monday night's win over Norfolk State. "We thrive on adversity."

Bozeman had been out of the college game for a decade, after being fired from the California job in 1996 for paying the parents of a player and other NCAA rules violations.

paul.mcmullen@baltsun.com

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