FOX SPORTS

Coach accused of biting player in face

Doyle Wolverton
Leake Academy coach Doyle Wolverton has resigned.
Share This Story

Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for FOXSports.com. Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.

MORE>>
   
 

Coaches have increasingly been put under the microscope recently as player abuse has become an especially hot-button issue in the past year. But one recent story out of Mississippi would make even Mike Rice raise an eyebrow.


Looking for message boards? Our friends at Scout.com have you covered.

According to the Jackson Clarion Ledger, a high school girls basketball coach resigned Monday after being accused of biting a player’s face during a game.

According to an assault complaint filed by the father of one of Doyle Wolverton's players at Leake Academy, Wolverton allegedly grabbed his daughter “by the shirt and then bit her on the right side of the face” during the team’s win over Columbia Academy on Nov. 12.

After the game, the parent, Toby Thaggard, took his daughter, whose name was redacted in the report, to the emergency room, where police noticed a “bruised bite mark on the lower right side of her face.”

According to the Clarion Ledger, Wolverton has been at Leake Academy since 1975 and ranks second nationally in high school girls basketball coaching wins. Wolverton entered the 2013 season with an all-time record of 1,245-181 after leading the Rebelettes to the state championship game last season.

“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,” Leake Academy headmaster Jerry Crowe said in the statement provided to the Clarion Ledger. “However, at this juncture, we have accepted his resignation and are moving forward.”

Thus far, the parents of the player in question have declined to press charges.

Now, for some links:

• According to a new report, Richie Incognito and a teammate may have also harassed a team staffer.

• You can buy melted ice from the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup run for the low, low price of $99.

• The Browns had a "terrifying" plane ride home from Cincinnati on Sunday.

• Buy a car from this dealership between now and next Saturday, and it’s free if Auburn shuts out Alabama:

• Charles Barkley on Michael Jordan: “Black people don’t play beer pong”:

• Brian Kelly says Everett Golson has reapplied for school at Notre Dame.

• Jay-Z and the Mets reportedly met to discuss Robinson Cano's future.

• How much is Jason Kidd’s inexperience as a coach hurting his team?

• Miami Dolphins stadium security: not fond of Speedos at the game:

• Leave your car running around John Axford, and he will turn it off for you:

• A Syracuse cornerback is back home after suffering a scary lung injury against Florida State on Saturday.

• Meanwhile, Syracuse’s coach calls FSU “the best football team I've seen or coached against live in my whole career.”

• Dan Mullen can put away some wings:

• Bill Belichick’s postgame press conference: still as painful Tuesday as it was Monday night:

• Lamar Odom is reportedly working out with a trainer in Rhode Island, looking to get back into playing shape.

• SUNY-Cortland beat Ithaca over the weekend, and the SUNY-Cortland students responded by losing their minds.

• Dwight Howard teaches Elmo about strategy:

Via The Big Lead, Chi Chi Rodriguez hit himself below the belt attempting a trick shot:

• The fan who fell out of the upper deck at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium has been banned from the premises.

• Dwyane Wade has launched a tie collection.

• Meanwhile, D-Wade’s son is doing some serious basketball training:

• Tony Allen was ejected from Monday’s Grizzlies-Clippers game after kicking Chris Paul in the face:

• Mike Pereira says Sunday wasn't the first time that official Roy Ellison got into it with a player during a game.

• You know you want an NHL player snuggie.

• A Montreal Canadiens protest song was recorded, demanding ice time for P.K. Subban in the style of the Village People:

• UMass’ Raphiael Putney threw down a poster dunk against Youngstown State:

• Coach Mike Woodson on the Knicks’ drive: “I'm not here to teach effort.”

• And Knicks swingman Iman Shumpert reportedly had secret summer knee surgery that could be impacting his trade value.

• Ohio State will go with the all-white look against Michigan:

• Yasiel Puig brought some Little Leaguers to Dodger Stadium:

• Kobe Bryant has been given full medical clearance to play, but a date has not yet been set for his return.

• The Rays have outrighted Jeff Niemann off the 40-man roster.

• Post-concussion tests on Utah’s quarterback revealed a pre-existing condition that will end his season and could possibly end his career.

• Bill Snyder sent a handwritten note to an injured Texas Tech player:

• Ohio State isn’t the only band that can pull off a video game tribute:

• Ed Orgeron is making it clear that he wants to be the coach at USC.

• Kevin Ware was driving a brand-new Dodge Challenger when he was ticketed for going 95 in a 45.

• Some Giants fans are upset that season ticket holder-only tickets are finding their way to StubHub.

• Via @CorkGaines, here’s Steph Curry getting his head smashed against the court by Marvin Williams of the Jazz:

• I see the resemblance:

• A “coach” shares her experience with the worst beer-league softball team ever.

• Virginia State has been ruled ineligible for postseason play after attacking Winston Salem State’s quarterback last week.

• Grandma takes a beer bong at the Penn State game:

• A Duke towel boy almost got mowed over by a UNC-Asheville player on Monday:

More Stories From Sam Gardner

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by


FOX SPORTS Videos

Browns prepared to move forward without Josh Gordon Posted: Jul 25, 2014
America's Pregame Show reports on Josh Gordon's future in Cleveland.

Trade deadline moves that will win the NL West Posted: Jul 26, 2014
Ken Rosenthal and Royce Clayton breakdown the NL West as we near the trade deadl...

Browns wants Johnny Football to buckle down Posted: Jul 25, 2014
America's Pregame Show has the latest on Johnny Football.