LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - “The marriage that Morehead State and I had, that I thought was a real beautiful marriage, has come to an end, unfortunately.”
That’s how Sean Woods described his reaction after deciding to resign as Morehead State men’s basketball coach.
“It’s been a rough day. It’s been a rough almost four weeks. Just being in limbo over this situation. It’s been one of the toughest times in my life.”
Woods was suspended following a game on Nov. 19 at Evansville, where Woods allegedly hit and shoved two Morehead players. Woods has been charged with misdemeanor battery in the case.
Woods said he felt relieved in making the decision to resign.
“I just felt it was in the best deal for Morehead basketball to get on with that,” Woods told WKYT’s Rob Bromley. “I love that program so much that I don’t want that situation lingering on. I think it’s heading in the right direction. I think the kids need to go on and move on. I think Morehead needs to figure out what they want to do next and try to get on with this as quick as possible.”
Woods was in his fifth season with the Eagles.
Woods said he couldn’t talk specifically about the incident at Evansville.
“Right now, I can’t go into detail because of the criminal investigation that’s going on right now,” Woods said.
But Woods did have comment on the misdemeanor battery charge.
“No doubt about it. I intend to fight it.”
Woods said he’ll step away from the game briefly to spend more time with family. He’s been in touch with other coaches, like Tubby Smith and Herb Sendek, for guidance.
“I’m going to take full advantage of working on Sean. How Sean can be better as a basketball coach, as a husband, as a father, as a friend,” Woods said.
The former Wildcat said he has no hard feelings for Morehead, the players or its administrators.
“I’m not blaming anyone. I’m not bitter at anyone,” he said.
“Everybody has had heartaches, some pitfalls. You don’t sit around and feel sour about them. You figure out what happened, make sure they don’t happen again, whatever they may be, and you move on. You grow from it. I truly believe that’s how I’ve got to look things.