Purdue Suspends Baseball Coach Steve Green

Altercation with student-athlete leads to decision

March 12, 1998

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's athletic department has indefinitely suspended head baseball coach Steve Green after an incident in which he reportedly struck a player following the Boilermakers' baseball game Tuesday in a tournament in Fresno, Calif.

Associate athletic director Joni Comstock flew to California Wednesday to gather the facts about the incident. She said complete information is not yet available, but hopes to have it assembled shortly after which appropriate action will be taken.

"In light of this reported incident, Coach Green has been suspended, pending a review of the matter," Comstock said. "Purdue follows a policy that all student-athletes will be treated with respect. Sportsmanlike conduct applies to everyone. An infortunate incident occurred and I will investigate it thoroughly. No one was injured in the incident. We will take the appropriate action after all the facts have been gathered. Until that time, assistant coach Bob Shepherd will be in charge with help from assistants Mark Kingston and Brian McDonald. They will coach the team on the remainder of its spring trip."

In accordance with Federal Law and out of respect for the students' right to privacy, Purdue's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has a policy of not releasing specific details about a student-athlete's status without his or her consent.