The hits keep coming for Tom Crean and the Indiana University basketball program.
Sophomores Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson and freshman Emmitt Holt have been suspended for four games, Crean confirmed Monday night on his weekly radio show.
It was reported earlier in the evening Monday that Williams and Robinson had failed "multiple drug tests" according to ESPN.com. Holt's suspension is as a result of an incident Saturday where he was a driving a car that struck teammate Devin Davis and left him hospitalized. Holt, 18, had a BAC of 0.025.
It was revealed later that the four-game suspensions would include two exhibition games and two regular season contests. The exhibition games are Nov. 6 against Northwood (Mich.) and Nov. 10 against the University of Indianapolis. The two regular season games are home games against Mississippi Valley State Nov. 14 and Texas Southern on Nov. 17.
On his weekly radio show, Crean said Holt's suspension was because of poor decisions made by the 18-year-old true freshman from Webster, N.Y.
"Emmitt made a couple of poor choices,” Crean said. “It’s not about what the BAC is. He’s underage and he shouldn’t have been drinking.''
Later in the evening, IU released a statement by Holt.
"Devin is not only a teammate but a great friend and it pains me to know that I have caused him harm. I sincerely regret my actions and I understand that I must be held accountable to the high standards that Coach Crean and IU have set for all of us. I want to apologize to Coach, to my teammates and to the entire IU community for not living up to the expectations that this program and university deserve. I will work hard in the coming days, weeks and months to become a better man and teammate.”
According to the ESPN.com report by Jeff Goodman, Robinson and Williams were suspended due to "multiple failed drug tests.''
Crean was asked about the ESPN report on his show but said he had not seen it and would not comment on it without seeing it.
When Crean addressed the Williams and Robinson suspensions though he said they were because of poor decisions made over the summer.
"On top of that, we had a couple of bad decisions made this summer,” Crean said. “Nobody is happy. Nobody is condoning anything. We have to grow up. We have to. As a unit, as a group of young men.''
It has been a rough nine months of the IU basketball program. In that span, six players -- one twice (Robinson) -- have had drug or alcohol incidents.
Davis and Holt were the two most recent from early Saturday morning when Davis was struck by a vehicle driven by Holt early in the morning. Holt had a BAC of 0.025 and a police report that was released Monday showed that both players had been drinking. Both are underage as Davis is a 19-year-old sophomore.
Yogi Ferrell and Robinson were both cited for underage consumption of an alcoholic beverage and possession of false identification outside a Bloomington bar in April during Little Five weekend.
IU athletic director Fred Glass was interviewed by Bloomington Herald Times reporter Mike Miller Monday night and asked about the incidents. In terms of the failed drug tests, Glass said that the two players in question had been dealing with the consequences all summer and that the plan has always been to suspend them for the beginning of the season.
Miller asked Glass point blank if Crean was in trouble in terms of his future as the Indiana coach? Glass said absolutely not.
"Tom is absolutely not in trouble,'' Glass told the Herald-Times. "Tom is the solution. He's not part of the problem. Look what he brought it back from, when this place was a mess from head to toe. I've identified some of the things he's done from the academic side and the character side and the tradition side, and all that.
"So we're in lock-step in terms of getting this thing where it needs to be. And neither one of us can guarantee outcomes. I mean, a 20-year-old kid may do something stupid tonight. May do something stupid next week. I don't know. But we can be very clear in identifying and enforcing consequences. And we're going to do that.'' Link to Message BoardWhere do we go from here?
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