Xavier and Cincinnati head coaches have handed down their self-imposed punishments following the fight that ended the game on Saturday:
- Yancy Gates: 6 games
- Cheikh Mbodj: 6 games
- Octavious Ellis: 6 games
- Ge'Lawn Guyn: 1 game
Close. While I give Mick Cronin credit for handing out some hefty punishment, as well as force his guys to apologize in front of the camera prior to playing again, it's not enough. Mbodj stomped on a guy. Yancy Gates threw at least four punches, connecting with two, and tried to pick fistfights with other players. The Mbodj suspension should be 8-10 games, and Gates should be done for the year. I still believe Cronin should be suspended himself for three games for not having control of his team.
Pathetic. Head Coach Chris Mack is essentially saying that "yeah, we got into a fight, but it wasn't our fault." He's also saying that preserving a Top-10 ranking is more important than sending the right message. Bullshit. Your guys were running their mouths the whole game, and that STARTED the damn fight. Mack says Tu gets one game because of his comments he made afterward. He also says Wells and Amos will go with the team to Honolulu, they just won't play. So Holloway was completely not at fault for the confrontation that started the fight in the second half? Really? Because video footage doesn't show him walking away.
I still stand by the assessment that Holloway should be done for the year. If he doesn't run his mouth at the end of the game, nothing happens. He's a senior, he should know better. Wells and Amos should get 5 games minimum. Lyons should get at least 8: 5 for the end of the game fight, 2 for the spat at the end of the first half, and 1 for his "tweedle-dumb, tweedle-dumber" post-game presser with Holloway. Mack himself should be absent for three games for the same reason as Cronin.
These guys perform criminal acts of assault at a school-sponsored event, but I'm the one that is in debt for my college education? What a waste. What a travesty.