Radford has suspended men’s basketball coach Mike Jones for Thursday’s home game against Presbyterian.
Assistant coach Ron Jirsa will coach the team in Jones’ absence.
The self-imposed suspension by the school stems from an incident just minutes into Radford’s 81-77 win over Winthrop on Monday.
Jones and Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey had a shouting match at midcourt and had to be separated by their assistant coaches while officials reviewed a play. The ESPN Plus cameras missed what sparked the shouting match.
Both coaches were called for technical fouls.
The officials also handed out technicals to Radford guard Travis Fields and Winthrop forward D.J. Burns a few minutes later. A Radford spokesperson confirmed that no players will be disciplined.
“Coach Jones’ one-game suspension is the result of on-court conduct that occurred during Monday night’s game against Winthrop,” Radford athletic director Robert Lineburg said in a news release. “The action does not reflect the level of compassion and professionalism demonstrated by Coach Jones on a daily basis.”
Jones earned his 150th win with Radford earlier this season.
“I apologize for my poor judgement,” Jones said in the release. “First to our coaches, players and administration, the responsibility is all mine and I fully accept the consequence that comes because of my actions. I also apologize to Coach Kelsey, his staff and players. I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and in that situation, I made a poor choice. We had an outstanding officiating crew working the game and I should have allowed them to handle things.”
Time changed for Tech-Duke game
The ACC announced Wednesday that the time of the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team’s Feb. 22 game at Duke is changing from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to accommodate ESPN2.
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