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Tuesday, February 11, 2003
NASHVILLE --- As a result of the altercation Monday night, Feb. 10, at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., involving the men's teams from both Tennessee State University and Eastern Kentucky and fans, TSU athletics director Teresa Lawrence Phillips has made the following announcement. In conjunction with the Ohio Valley Conference rules and regulations, Phillips has suspended acting head coach Hosea Lewis for the upcoming contest against Austin Peay State University on Thursday, Feb. 13. Phillips will assume coaching duties of the men's team in addition to continuing to serve as TSU's athletics director. ?At Tennessee State University, we believe in a strong sportsmanship policy as dictated by the Ohio Valley Conference, National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Tennessee Board of Regents?all oversight agencies for the university,? said Phillips. In describing the event, Phillips said, ?Monday night's altercation is certainly not indicative of the outstanding athletic spirit of the OVC or Tennessee State University.? ?We are all fortunate that no serious injuries occurred, to my knowledge, to either the student-athletes or fans.? One TSU player, junior Cedric Bryson, has been suspended by virtue of being ejected by the officials during Monday night's contest. Interim OVC Commissioner Ron English will conduct a thorough investigation, and TSU will fully cooperate with OVC officials. An in-depth review of the incident will provide the appropriate findings so that the Commissioner can render a fair ruling. ?At TSU, we look forward to completing our season on a positive note,? Phillips said. Phillips coached women's basketball for 11 seasons, from 1989-2000 at TSU. She was USA Today's National Coach of the Year, 1990; Ohio Valley Conference Co-Coach of the Year, 1990; Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1993, 1994. ###