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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: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:56 pm
 

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

@orangemen90 Then what would you suggest for the two Cincinnati players that stomped the Xavier player on the floor



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:52 pm
 

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

The fight and mostly important consequences or lack there of are simply pathetic. Cronin's action when it comes to suspensions are why more and more these athletes that many call "role models" think that what they do is okay because seriously if I knew I could go out and (when frustrated) throw a punch and not really have the book thrown at me I'd do it every chance I got so would most people. Shaking my head



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:50 pm
 

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

Taking a swing at someone over a sporting event is wrong  , even in a heated situation . Gated should be given a heavy suspension , mabye half of their scheduled games left , and some anger management classes . The thugs that stomped the defensless player that was laying on the floor should be kicked off of the team and face criminal charges .



Since: Jan 18, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:45 pm
 

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

I think Cronin's talk then not backing it up with his actions tells you everything you need to know abour him as a "man" - He ins't one.  We all know that the punishment does not fit the act.  However, take some solace in that Yancy Gates and the Bearcats already have gotten what they deserved - Xavier took their pants down in front of a national audience at SPANKED them.  Frease looked fine after the game - nothing 8 days off won't heal.  While all the rest of us are watching march madness, the Bearcats will be staying at home for the NIT.  No major conference will touch them now as far as membership goes.  They will get left behind in the Big Least.



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:45 pm
 

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

Yancy Gates should be thrown out of school and charges pressed against him.  Frease will most likely be out longer than six games if there is any damage to his eye.  Clearly, he should press charges against Gates and Mbodji.



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:43 pm
 

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

The Xavier thugs that instigated the whole thing then bragged about it on national cable TV are the ones that need to be banned... Nothing short of expulsion would be enough for those 2...



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:38 pm
 

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

Cronin got his air gun out and fired a couple of shots across the bows of the jersey-less team.  Then, he assured that they could compete...no need for people being removed from the team...that would be racist.  What a freaking shame...We are...Thug U.



Since: Jun 12, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:34 pm
 

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

I really thought that mick would do something...but this is typlical as he talks tough but doesnt back it up...no more UC games ever in any sport..



Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:32 pm
 

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

Cincy has been a thug team for decades!  I'm shocked this hasn't happened before now!



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 3:30 pm
 

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

What a joke. Cronin needs to be fired. And he would be at most other universities.


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