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Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 3:53 pm

By Jeff Goodman

Mick Cronin's actions needed to be as forceful as his words.

They weren't.

Star big man Yancy Gates, after delivering a right-hand that knocked Xavier's fellow heavyweight to the floor, received a six-game suspension. Cincinnati also suspended Octavius Ellis and Cheikh Mbodj, who stomped on Frease while he was down on the court, for six games -- and Ge'Lawn Guyn for one game.

Gates should have received -- at minimum -- a 10-game penalty, maybe even being tossed from the team for good. Cronin talked a big game after Saturday's brawl, one that was embarrassing for all parties.

"We accept full responsibility and it will be handled," Cronin said. "There is zero excuse for that in basketball. ... The fact is the guys ... represent an institution of higher learning. Xavier has been a great school for years. We're trying to cure cancer at Cincinnati. I go to school at a place where they ... created Benadryl; I think that's more important than who wins a basketball game. And our guys need to have an appreciation that they're there on a full scholarship and they better represent the institution with class and integrity. ... I just told my guys I will meet with my AD and my president and I'm going to decide who is on the team going forward. That's what the University of Cincinnati is about. Period. I've never been this embarrassed."

Cronin talked about how these kids need to appreciate the value of education, how they need to act accordingly -- or they won't ever be allowed to put on a Bearcats uniform.

He had an opportunity to follow through with his strong message in the post-game news conference -- one that was applauded by nearly everyone. (Doyel: Cronin talked the talk)

Then he opted not to follow through on his strong statements, and hit Gates, who did his best Mike Tyson impression when he sent Frease to the canvas, with just six games.

I understand that it was a mistake, one Gates would love to take back. But it's not as though Gates has been the model citizen, either. He's been suspended by Cronin previously -- and the penalty should have been more severe for this transgression.

But winning is more important to Cronin. At least that's what his actions said.

He needs Gates, especially when Big East play rolls around.

Gates will miss games against Wright State, Radford, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Chicago State, Oklahoma and Pittsburgh.

That's a grand total of one conference game.


Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:21 pm

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

The NCAA has had enough and has just suspended Devier Posey another 5 games.  What a joke.  Posey ($200 and tatoo) = 10 games (85% of season); sucker punch and head stomping = 6 games (less than 20% of season)

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:18 pm

Cincy = Thug

Cincinnati has been a breeding ground for thuggery dating back ages. The knuckle-draggers that attend that "school" are nothing more than playground punks, have been since the Kenyon Martin days...... The animal that sucker-punched Freise should be kicked off the team and criminally prosecuted. He is a coward and a disgrace to college sports.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:15 pm

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

You got to love Cronin's statement that, "We're trying to cure cancer @ Cincinnati." Thid dude Yates was trying to give a guy a concussion with that sucker punch. Hey Cronin; ease off all the great things your university does to hide the fact you recruited some not-so-great individuals that disguise themselves as students. I seriously doubt Yancy or any of the other clowns that litter your squad are going to find the cure to any disease or help to achieve world peace. They will get you a 11-seed in the NCAA tourney though, and that's what really counts.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:08 pm

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

Just wait until you see what comes from Xavier-  Tu Holloway will not be allowed to start the next game.  Both schools will show what is important....wins.  Just remember what city you are dealing with.  Cinncinati, as a whole, turns it's head towards criminal behavior by sports figures in it's town.    Pacman Jones is still on the Bungles roster.  Need I say more?  A player talking about  how his team is a bunch of "gangsters" is exactly what one would expect. 

The University of Cinncinati had hopes of getting into one of the power conferences once the Big East tanks, after getting watered down with the losses of Pitt, WV, and Syracuse.  No other BCS conference will touch them now. 

Has no one noticed that there have been no criminal charges filed?   If this had happened outside of the arena, police in any city would have had a very busy day at the booking desk.  Well, maybe not every city.  This is Cinncinati.  

Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:07 pm

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

That kid that took the cheap shot should get a more than six games.  The kid that did the stomping while a defenseless player was down........why isn't he kicked off the team?  This is why I don't watch basketball.  It's a sissy's sport.....played by thugs and douche bags.....sad day for a sport that already sucks.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:01 pm

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

And aand And from Xavier University...Che, chirp, Che, chirp, Che chirp...(sound of crickets).

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:57 pm

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

This was very bad.  Fighting is bad.  It does not solve the problems we deal with today in society.  I am upset.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:56 pm

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

you kick someone in the face when he's down on the ground  should be EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL ! that was sickening to watch and see ! a defenseless person on the ground and some goon stomps on him! go get a real job then instead of a free education~!

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:55 pm

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

Well this is the problem when you look to the ghettos for your players. They're on scholarship and we have numerous people who can't afford to pay for school who would represent the universtiy far better than these  "people". Why is it black people and sucer punches go hand in hand?

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:54 pm

Cincinnati's Cronin's words were just that: Words

Not enough, not nearly enough.  Gates and Mbodj should be gone for at least 20 games, should have considered kicking them off the team.  Coach talked about the honor of U of Cincinatti, but they have always been and will continue to be nothing but cowards and thugs.  Conferences and/or the NCAA should step-in and do what the big talking coach wouldn't do and that's administer the proper amount of discipline.  On a side note, the officials lost control of this game early and should be ashamed of their performance and the NCAA should discipline them for enabling this to occur.

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