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Purdue Suspends Baseball Coach

March 12, 1998

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Purdue suspended its baseball coach on Thursday after accusing him of hitting a player during a tournament in California.

The school said Steve Green struck the unidentified player on Tuesday after Purdue lost to Evansville 8-6 on the second day of a tournament at Fresno State. Purdue said no one was injured.

Associate athletic director Joni Comstock flew to California on Wednesday to investigate. The school said the investigation probably will take several days.

``Purdue follows a policy that all student-athletes will be treated with respect,″ Comstock said. ``Sportsmanlike conduct applies to everyone. An unfortunate incident occurred and I will investigate it thoroughly.″

The suspension is indefinite and assistant coach Bob Shepherd will run the team with assistants Mark Kingston and Brian McDonald. They will coach the team for the rest of the spring trip.

Green, 39, is in his seventh season as Purdue’s baseball coach. He came to Purdue as an assistant in 1987 from Lassen Community College in Susanville, Calif.

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