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NCAA Suspends NKU Baseball Coach

The NCAA suspended Northern Kentucky University head baseball coach Todd Asalon on Friday.

In a news release, NKU said that the NCAA cited unsportsmanlike conduct by Asalon during a Wednesday night game at Louisville. Reports indicate that Asalon bumped an umpire when he was ejected from the game in which the Norse lost to the #2-ranked Cardinals, 6-4.

Asalon will sit out four games.

“I realize that my behavior was entirely unacceptable and fully accept the consequences,” Asalon said in a statement. “I apologize to Northern Kentucky University, my student-athletes and the NKU fans for failing to represent them in a manner fit for Norse Nation.”

“As an athletic department that places great value on integrity, we expect our coaches, student-athletes and staff to carry themselves in a respectful manner,” said Ken Bothof, NKU athletic director. “Coach Asalon’s actions during Wednesday’s game do not meet these standards. This recent action is inconsistent with his previous representation as our head coach and we expect this will be an isolated incident.”

Asalon has been head coach at NKU since 2000, arriving from Thomas More College where he was head coach for the Saints. NKU nearly pulled off an upset at Louisville on Wednesday, leading at one point 4-0 after three innings, but the Cardinals (35-6) rallied for the win.

The Norse are 15-25 this season with eleven regular season games remaining.

-Staff report

Photo: Todd Asalon (via NKU Athletics)