Alcorn state basketball coach Luther Riley is reportedly taking a leave of absence to address “private matters,” according to reports.

On Tuesday, Riley confirmed the news to a Jackson, Miss., TV station.

He said that he will be away for at least 30 days, but could return on a earlier date. He also said that he and the Alcorn State administration “get along well.”

Riley said that the claims of a physical altercation with a player are “completely false.

He said that assistant coach Shawn Pepp will serve as the interim head coach.

Alcorn State is 2-12 this season.


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