Analysis: A troubling trend continues

Will the latest Indiana basketball off-the-court incident lead to a player being removed from the team? That's the big question that faces Tom Crean after Devin Davis was cited for possession of marijuana on Monday in his dorm room.

The news today about Devin Davis is more than a little disappointing.

Davis was cited for possession of marijuana in his dorm room on Monday. Hanner Mosquera-Perea was present but not cited. Davis was suspended on Tuesday by the university for all team activities pending an investigation.

So now what happens? Or more to the point, what should happen if this is indeed simply a blatant disregard for the rules within the program?

I only couch this at all because of the fact that some people do use marijuana for medical purposes. And considering all that Davis has gone through with his head injury after last year’s car accident that cost him the season, I don’t think it’s a complete stretch to think that could be the case.

And so I’m reserving judgement to a point based on that possibility.

But if that isn’t the case, and this was another off-the-court Indiana basketball incident involving drugs or alcohol, then I think the penalty needs to be swift and severe.

Unfortunately, I don’t think a four-game suspension would cut it here either. I think this would be one of those cases where Tom Crean would simply need to kick him off the team. If this is another drug/alcohol related incident with this team the time has come to get the attention of IU’s players and to once and for all make an example out of someone.

After all that Davis has been through, you hate for that to be the case but what else can you do?

I always hear from students that this is normal college behavior. That everybody does it and that athletes should be allowed to have a college life just like the rest of the student population.

Sorry, but I just can’t agree with that. Not with these athletes and not with this program. Too much has happened over the last year or so. This is a program that has become known more for off-the-court news than news on it.

And that’s one of the reasons I’m clinging to the possibility that perhaps this was a medical situation. Because if it wasn’t, given what has transpired the last year, how can this type of behavior continue within the program?

Again, I’m going to wait until all the facts are before us before I call for the harshest of penalties.

But if this is what it appears to be, then I don’t think there’s any choice for Crean in terms of the punishment he needs to hand out.


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