Mississippi girls' basketball coach resigns over allegations he bit player's face

Coach allegedly grabbed player "by the shirt and then bit her on the right side of the face" after she made a bad play.
By Evan Bleier  |  Nov. 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM
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Nov. 19 (UPI) -- After being accused of biting one of his players during a timeout in a Nov. 12 game in Marion County, Miss., girls' basketball coach Doyle Wolverton has resigned.

Toby Thaggard filed a police report on behalf of his daughter, who had to be taken to the emergency room and treated for a bite wound after the Leake Academy team returned from their game.

According to the report, Wolverton grabbed the player "by the shirt and then bit her on the right side of the face" because she made a bad play.

"I have no comment on any of that," Wolverton said on Monday. "It's all still being ... I can't say anything right now."

Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner indicated that the family is not pressing charges at this point. "We haven't been involved with anything directly since (the hospital) because the parents and coach are trying to settle matters themselves," Waggoner said.

Wolverton became the No. 2 all-time winningest girls' high school basketball coach last year.

Leake Academy confirmed that headmaster Jerry Crowe had accepted Wolverton’s resignation. "We are saddened by the departure of Coach Wolverton, who has been an integral part of the success of Leake Academy's girls basketball program," Crowe said. "However, at this juncture, we have accepted his resignation and are moving forward."

[The Clarion Ledger]

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