Old Dominion basketball coach Tom Young was suspended by the university for two games following an incident involving Western Kentucky player Jack Jennings Thursday night.
The incident took place immediately after the Hilltoppers' 77-74 win over ODU in Bowling Green, Ky.
"The university cannot, and will not, tolerate this action," Athletic Director Jim Jarrett said.
In a statement issued by ODU, Young apologized for his behavior. "I realize that my actions precipitated an incident that is extremely embarrassing to the university, its students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans," he said.
As the game ended, Jennings, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound forward, appeared to hit Young on the back as he ran toward the Hilltoppers' locker room. Young ran after him, and both teams and some fans also gave chase.
"He hit me," Young said. "He hit me in the back when I was talking to the referee."
Jennings denied touching Young. "I just ran by him," he said. "I was just happy we won."
Young and some ODU players reportedly wound up in Western Kentucky's locker room after the chase, and one Monarch player said some shoving occurred. . . .
The NCAA has placed the Hampton University football program on two years probation and ordered the Division II program to forfeit its 1986 and 1987 victories.
The Hampton, Va., school was accused of using players during 1986 and 1987 who "did not meet NCAA satisfactory-progress and good-academic-standing legislation," an NCAA release said. . . .
Southern California quarterback Todd Marinovich, who had been suspended from the team, met with Coach Larry Smith on his future at the school. "The meeting went well," said Marinovich, a sophomore, who has been rumored to be considering applying for the NFL draft. . . .
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