Northern Michigan suspends coach for cheat remark

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) Northern Michigan has suspended women's basketball coach Troy Mattson for four games after he said Wayne State ''cheated'' when it signed transfer student Shareta Brown.

Mattson spoke after Brown scored 27 points and grabbed 19 rebounds in the Warriors' 69-57 win Monday over the Wildcats.

In a videotaped news conference (, Mattson called the 6-foot-1 center ''the best player in the country when she competes hard'' but doesn't always try. He also said every Great Lakes conference coach knows Wayne State ''cheated to get her'' after Brown left Detroit Mercy last year.

Northern Michigan athletic director Forrest Karr says Wayne State officials ''have strong backgrounds in compliance.'' Mattson apologized and said his comments were ''unwarranted'' and ''unjustified.''

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