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Arizona State assistant AD arrested, placed on leave

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Arizona State has placed an assistant athletic director for recruiting on administrative leave after he was charged in a domestic-violence incident.

The Arizona Republic reported that Sherman Morris has been charged with one count of aggravated assault-serious physical injury and one count of aggravated assault-strangulation.

According to a court document, Morris choked his wife in their Chandler, Ariz., home on Aug. 29. When police arrived to the home, Morris' wife was bleeding from a laceration, had broken teeth and bruises were visible. Morris' adult stepson told police that Morris punched his wife in the face and upper back.

"We have put a football-staff employee on administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of the facts in the case," an Arizona State spokesman told the Republic.

Morris, who had spent six years at LSU as director of player personnel, was hired by Arizona State in March.

This was not the first domestic violence incident involving the Morrises, according to the court document. There had been a history of violent behavior in the household that had not been previously reported to police.

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