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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: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:53 pm

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

Both teams should be banned from post season play.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:51 pm

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

You're an ignorant UC grad I am assuming. I remember when LaGarette Blount punched the Boise State player and was suspended for essentially the whole year but 81% of the season. Yancy Gates gets six games? Basically 17% of the season for punching two xavier players in the face. One was a complete cheap shot, which apparently to UC fans is "winning the fight." So enjoy the next game at the Shoemaker Center, buy yourself a nosebleed seat for $5 bucks on Groupon b/c you can't sell tickets, and move to the front row because no one wants to watch the disgrace that the University of Cincinnati is to the Big East.

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:47 pm

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

What kind of message is this? Let the kids act like fools/criminals and this is all that they are punished? This could have easily turned into something much worse (it was already very bad) so the punishment should have been a lot worse. It's not like it was two guys in the heat of the moment that got into it, it was a bunch of guys just taking sucker punches at each other acting like thugs. I think 10 games and the first weekend of the tourney (if they make it) would have been a great message to this type of action. I would have given two games to a lot of the other guys that were acting up too. This is college and they need to be TAUGHT how to keep their cool. This isn't some court where thugs are hanging out to kill time, this is the NCAA.

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:47 pm

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

was there only one team invovled in this? the film i saw showed players from both teams participating in unsportsmanlike conduct prior to the physical altercation, obviously during, and after.
where is the Xavier coach? I haven't heard anything from him.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:45 pm

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

Cronin's words don't mean anything. He comes out and says 6 games for what his clown did, the translation for that is "We'll give him as many games as possible, but we still want to compete in our conference, so we still have a shot at millions of dollars should we get into the big dance". THAT is exactly the message he sent to everybody.  It's time for the conference to step in and act like they care about something more than money. Try having a little intergrity, money can't buy that!

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:45 pm

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

Not a fan of either team but a big fan on clean hard fought games and GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP . The person who threw the punch should have at least a 10 game suspension . The ones that stomped the player on the ground should have their scholarships revoked for the season and if they come back next year and do the same type of thug behavior they should be dismissed from school , I feel that the young man on the floor and his university should seek crimanal charges against the gutless animals that stomped someone while they were on the ground . Its a friggin basketball game , a college basketball game .

Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:40 pm

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

What does this hack want? The death penalty for a fight. I cant wait for his blog on Xavier coach Mack when he hands down the one game suspensions for all the fists flyin on the jesuit side, what a dbag.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:38 pm

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

He should've got the LaGarrett Blount treatment and been suspended for the season. Not only did he land a punch, but the guy went ballistic. You can't do that garbage. I doubt the NCAA will do anything about it and 6 games is bloody weak.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:37 pm

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

Brutal play, light sentence. 

Should toss him anywhere from 10 games - rest of the season and have a mandatory re-evaluation of whether or not Gates should be allowed to come back after the suspension. 

Since: Jun 12, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:36 pm

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

Not surprised    Mick talks tough but is soft,,,,not the first time

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