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Central Connecticut coach has suspension reduced

September 7, 2012
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NEW BRITAIN, Conn.—Central Connecticut soccer coach Shaun Green is back at work after the university reduced the suspension he received for trashing dozens of copies of the school's student newspaper.

Green confirmed Friday that he had successfully appealed the original four-game suspension, which was handed down in May after the coach acknowledged he had emptied racks of The Recorder newspaper because he was upset about a story detailing his team's failure to qualify academically for this season's NCAA tournament.

"After an appeal grievance panel for both sides heard the `full facts and reason' of the incident, the panel concluded that the penalty be reduced from 60 days to two weeks without pay and (a) one-game suspension instead of four, which was served against Yale, Aug. 31," Green said in an email to The Associated Press on Friday.

Justin Muszynski, the paper's managing editor, said they were surprised to learn of the decision.

"We're not looking to hold a grudge against Shaun Green, but we are disappointed in the university's lack of willingness to hold him accountable for his actions," he said. "He seems truly sorry for what he did, but the school needed to send a clear message that behavior like this will not be tolerated, reducing the sanctions does no such thing."

Assistant coach Paul Wright, who was with Green during the incident, did not have his contract renewed. He also had an appeals hearing and Green said a decision on his future is expected within two weeks.

Thomas Pincince, the school's sports information director, said school officials would have no comment on the decisions of the appeal board because they consider it to be a private personnel matter.

Police investigated the incident after about 150 copies of the newspaper were found in the garbage on May 3. They viewed a video from one of the center's security cameras, which appeared to show Green with a stack of newspapers in his hand, according to a police report.

Green told authorities he was upset about an article, based on a press release put out by the school on April 26, that said the soccer team had failed to meet the NCAA's Academic Performance Rate standard and would not quality for the 2013 NCAA tournament. The team also will not be allowed to play in the Northeast Conference tournament.

No charges were filed.

"I have already made the appropriate apologies to the Recorder staff," Green said Friday.

Central Connecticut beat Yale 2-0, but lost Monday to Hartford 2-1 in Green's return to the bench.

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