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USD basketball coach arrested in SF hotel assault

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University of San Diego’s men’s basketball head coach Lamont Smith was arrested Sunday morning in Oakland on suspicion of domestic violence, San Francisco police said Monday.

Smith, 42, was arrested at about 10:15 a.m. at Oakland International Airport and taken to the San Francisco County jail.

Police said Smith allegedly assaulted a woman earlier Sunday morning when the two were at a hotel in San Francisco in the 400 block of Sutter Street.

Someone called police at about 12:20 a.m. about an alleged disturbance at the hotel.

Police said officers went to the hotel and allegedly found a woman who appeared to have injuries and said she was assaulted. The woman was taken to a hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening.

Smith was not found at the hotel. Police allege that he and the woman knew each other.

USD officials issued a statement, saying, “We are aware of the report of allegations related to Lamont Smith. We have very few details at this time but will be gathering information and commencing an immediate review of the matter.”

A biography of Smith on the university’s website says he became head coach of the men’s basketball team in 2015 after playing for the team in the 1990s.

USD played at the University of San Francisco on Saturday night, winning 64-61.

-Keith Burbank, Bay City News

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