UNC Pembroke Head Coach placed on leave

UNC Pembroke head men’s basketball coach Ben Miller has been placed on administrative leave by the university. Assistant Tony Jones coached the team in last night’s 95-90 OT season opening win vs. Catawba.

According to a report from the Robesonian, Miller was placed on a two-week leave this past Monday following an incident with his school issued vehicle.

From the report:

(The) incident under review is a traffic accident that involved a 2017 Chevrolet passenger car UNCP provides Miller.

According to a Lumberton Police Department report, the accident happened at 4:45 a.m. on Nov. 1 when the Chevrolet was being driven by Jasmine Powell, of River Run Drive in Lumberton, north in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 and struck two passenger cars and a bus near mile marker 18. Powell was charged with DWI and the report said she had a blood alcohol level of 0.17, more than double the legal limit of 0.08. There was alcohol on the vehicle’s floor board, according to the report.

Multiple sources say Powell, a 27-year-old student at UNCP, was seen with Miller earlier that night.

The school refused to comment on this personnel matter.

Miller, a former assistant at Kansas, is in his 12th season at UNCP.

More on this story as it continues to develop.

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