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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.

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Comments

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:00 pm
 

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

I really hope UC keeps adding on to Cronin's contract



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:57 pm
 

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

What about Xavier?  Does anyone not know that they were the instigators hmmmmmmmmmmm GUESS NOT lol thats cuz they got knocked on their a s s es.  I cant believe everyone is throwing this so out of whack like there has never been a brawl during a sports event i think all punishments were fair.  I LOVE  how the OHIO ST. fans are like bunch of thugs CINCINNATI is thats jus cuz ya ll wanna be us o well not goin to mention OHIO ST football lol sore subject huh.  So to end this it was a brawl o well a fierce rivalary thats wat comes wid it LET THEM PLAY.




Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:35 pm
 

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

Gates is a sucker punching little -itch.. They need to send his ghetto azz to jail where he belongs.. Class act Cincinnati..



Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:18 pm
 

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

Where's your article condemning Mack for the weak suspensions handed out to his players? You do realize that they were even lighter than the ones doled out by Cronin and UC, right? Even though X players started the fight? How does Frease not get suspended for getting into the middle of the scrum before Gates put him down, then jumping on the scorers table to aggressively threaten some middle-aged women wearing UC colors?



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:17 pm
 

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

NATI WARRIOR

If they should face criminal charges than Shaq does, Brittney Griner does, every single player who has ever faught should face criminal charges.

#13 is the only one who should kicked off the team and terminated from NCAA participation at any level.





Fightin' isn't good either way but kicking is plain retarded, just like Johnny Cueto. 



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:05 pm
 

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

Criminal charges are brought against hockey players more and more; hopefully some are brought against Gates for this.  If he'd done this on the street, he'd be sitting in jail, and I'd think we should expect more from (supposed) student-athletes than we do from the general public.



Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 6:02 pm
 

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

Cronin is a joke what a pathetic response to guys who should be kicked off the team and thrown in jail. 



Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:58 pm
 

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

Seems like Mick Cronin was brought to clean up a dirty program run by Huggins... Mission Accomplished. 



Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:52 pm
 

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

Yancy Gates and Cheik should face criminal charges period!  I have never been more disgusted with a basketball game as I was Saturday.  I blame the officials and coachs for letting this carry on throughout the game and embarrass the City of Cincinnati!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 5:51 pm
 

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

While Cronin's punishments weren't nearly as spineless as the actions of Gates and Mbodj, they're a heck of a good joke.


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