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Friday, January 4, 2013
Hamline suspends basketball coach


ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Hamline University has suspended basketball coach Nelson Whitmore indefinitely after a player was accused of punching a woman. The Division III St. Paul school also forfeited Saturday's game at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter and said 14 students face discipline. KSTP-TV reported this week that Hamline forward Eugene Lawrence III was arrested in Spokane, Wash., while on a team trip. Lawrence was charged with second-degree assault for allegedly hitting a woman in the face at the team hotel. Lawrence posted a $5,000 bond and was released from custody. In a statement, Hamline says Lawrence has been dismissed from the team and is suspended from the university pending a hearing. Whitmore is in his sixth season as the Pipers' head coach. Messages left after hours at his office were not immediately returned Friday.