Ex-Weber State hoops coach charged with assault

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SOUTH OGDEN, Utah (AP) - Former Weber State head basketball coach Joe Cravens is facing a criminal charge after being accused of hitting a man with a baseball bat in a dispute over a car accident.

Cravens, 60, of South Ogden, was charged with a third-degree felony count of aggravated assault in 3rd District Court in Salt Lake County on March 18.

According to court documents, the charge stems from a Jan. 13 meeting with Matthew Morgan at a Sandy restaurant to discuss an accident involving Morgan and Cravens‘ daughter.

Morgan told investigators that when he refused Cravens‘ demand for an apology over a voicemail he had left him, Cravens hit him in the shin with a wooden bat.

Morgan had a large red mark on his shin that appeared swollen, Sandy police said.

Cravens‘ attorney, Ron Yengich, said his client was defending himself.

Joe Cravens is as a good of a man that has ever existed,” he told the Standard-Examiner of Ogden (http://bit.ly/1gb9tcp ). “He should never have been charged, let alone charged with aggravated assault.”

Cravens also was booked into the Weber County Jail on Sunday on a failure-to-appear warrant and released after posting $5,000 bail.

According to court records, Cravens appeared in 3rd District Court with Yengich on March 21, three days after he was charged with aggravated assault. Cravens was ordered to the Salt Lake County Jail to be booked. But Yengich, at the hearing, requested the recall of a warrant that had been issued, and the judge granted the motion.

Yengich told the Standard-Examiner there was no reason to arrest Cravens on Sunday and he plans to “get to the bottom of this.”

Cravens compiled a 116-88 record at Weber State from 1999 to 2006 and a 42-41 record at Idaho from 1993 to 1996. Before that, he was an assistant at Utah under Coach Rick Majerus. In 2009, he became the girls’ basketball coach at Saint Joseph High School in Ogden.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net

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