Girls' coach accused of biting player

CARTHAGE, Miss. -- A girls' high school basketball coach in Mississippi has resigned, police say, after being accused of biting a player in the face.

Leake County Sheriff Greg Waggoner says Leake Academy coach Doyle Wolverton is accused of biting a player during a timeout in a Nov. 12 game in Marion County.

The player was taken to a hospital emergency room in Carthage after the team returned, and hospital employees called the sheriff's office because the injury allegedly stemmed from an assault.

A police report obtained by WJTV-TV states a deputy took pictures of the bite mark.

Toby Thaggard filed the report on behalf of his daughter, whose name was not released. The report alleges that Wolverton grabbed the player "by the shirt and then bit her on the right side of the face" after a bad play, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported.

"I have no comment on any of that," Wolverton told the Clarion-Ledger on Monday. "It's all still being ... I can't say anything right now."

Waggoner says the family is declining to press charges. "We haven't been involved with anything directly since (the hospital) because the parents and coach are trying to settle matters themselves," Waggoner told the newspaper.

Waggoner said Wolverton resigned Monday, but the coach told the newspaper he couldn't "confirm nor deny" that he stepped down. A school official told the Clarion-Ledger that there would be a statement on the incident Tuesday.

Last year, Wolverton became the No. 2 all-time winningest girls' high school basketball coach, trailing only Leta Andrews of Granbury, Texas.

The Neshoba Democrat reported Wolverton coached at Leake Academy in Madden for 38 years and has more than 1,200 career wins.

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