New Morgan State head men's basketball coach Kevin Broadus said Todd Bozeman, who held the same position from 2006-2019, was an influential voice in persuading him to take the job this spring when Broadus was considering offers from Morgan and Howard University.
"He, frankly, told me the better job is Morgan," Broadus said on
Glenn Clark Radio
May 22. "At first I couldn't see it. I really couldn't see it at first. Then when I went through the process, he was absolutely right. The infrastructure at Morgan is so tight and so good that it was almost like, 'Wow. I've got to do this.'"
The Bears earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2008-09 under Bozeman, and Morgan backed that up with the best season in program history in 2009-10. Morgan went 27-10 and made the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season behind senior guard Reggie Holmes.
The program has struggled to reach those same heights since then. The Bears have not had a winning season since 2012-13. Shortly after the 2018-19 season ended, Morgan announced it was not renewing Bozeman's contract. Broadus is aiming to rekindle the success Bozeman experienced during the early portion of his tenure.
"It was an opportunity for me to be back as a head coach and I jumped at it because, I hate to say it and it's not a racial thing, but being a black man in America, you don't have as many opportunities as others have," Broadus, 55, said. "So when you look at it and a school like Morgan State, a great institution, wanted me, and when you're wanted, it's a good place to go sometimes when you're wanted. I look forward to the challenge."
While Bozeman was at Morgan, Broadus coached at three different stops along the East Coast. He had two stints as an assistant coach at Georgetown, was the head coach at Binghamton from 2007-2009 and spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Maryland.
The investigation revealed recruiting violations by Broadus' staff, and Broadus resigned.
"Sometimes you can't help everyone," Broadus said. "That's the thing that I've come to grips with, and I'm the type of person, I want to help everyone because where I came from, my upbringing, people had to help us to get out of what we were in the inner city, we're striving to do better. People helped us so I want to help people, but you can't help everyone. That's the biggest thing I've learned and grown from over the last 10 years."
While at Maryland, Broadus was credited with recruiting Ricky Lindo, Serrel Smith, Makhi and Makhel Mitchell, Donta Scott, Chol Marial and Marcus Dockery to College Park, Md. Lindo and Smith were freshmen this past season, while the Mitchell twins and Marial will arrive on campus this fall and Dockery in 2020.
The Terps went 19-13 during Broadus' first year on the bench and 23-11 this past year, which included a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Maryland has made four tournament appearances during head coach Mark Turgeon's eight years, only one of which turned into a Sweet 16 appearance. Turgeon has drawn criticism from fans for the Terps' struggles in March.
"I think he's judged unfairly, personally," Broadus said. "The man works hard and he's gotten results. He's got a winning program. I always say when we went to a Final Four at Georgetown, you need a lot of luck. You have to be good, but you need luck to get there because in this game everyone's good when you get down to those 64 teams. But I think his time is coming."
Broadus leaves behind a team well positioned to make an impact in the Big Ten. Though center Bruno Fernando departed for the NBA Draft, forward Jalen Smith opted to return rather than test the waters. Guard Anthony Cowan is expected to return to school, and guards Darryl Morsell, Aaron Wiggins, Eric Ayala will all return.
"I think that they have the talent across the board to be a top-10 team in the country, yes I do believe that," Broadus said. "I just think barring injury -- you've got to stay healthy, he's got a challenging schedule -- I do think they will be in that top 10 during the year, most of the year next year. I do believe that."
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