Mount St. Mary’s men’s basketball coach on leave

Mount St. Mary’s University has placed men’s basketball head

coach Robert Burke on paid administrative leave at his request.

A spokesman for the school declined on Thursday to specify the

reason for Burke’s request. Spokesman Duffy Ross says the

second-year coach was granted the leave Wednesday, a day after he

met with university officials.

Ross says it’s a personnel matter and the school won’t comment

further.

Assistant coach Matt Henry has been appointed acting head

coach.

The development comes at a critical time for the Mountaineers,

who are 6-19 overall and 4-10 in the Northeast Conference.

Another loss would probably eliminate them from the NEC

tournament after six straight appearances.

The Mountaineers went 11-21 overall, and 9-9 in the NEC, in

their first year under Burke.