If there are two people who are getting fed up with seeing Indiana Hoosiers players get into trouble away from the basketball court, just ask former Hoosiers star Cody Zeller and university president Michael McRobbie.
In a meeting with his staff, which was reported by Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star, McRobbie gave a stern warning saying that he was getting sick and tired of seeing stories in the news about IU student-athletes getting arrested or cited by police.
“What I do not want to see is any more stories of repeated student misbehavior. They embarrass the university, they embarrass all of you in Athletics, and they are a complete distraction from our primary role as an educational institution,” McRobbie said. “This misbehavior simply has to stop.”
A similar sentiment was echoed by Zeller, now of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, who spoke to Dana Hunsinger Benbow of the Indianapolis Star.
“I think they’re figuring out that IU basketball players are going to be held to a higher standard,” he said. “I saw 234 drinking tickets written by the excise police that weekend. Of course, the two you hear about are the Indiana basketball players.”
“Not to say it’s right or wrong that they had the alcohol,” he said. “It just goes to show that you’re the name that is going to pop up if you’re in a situation like that. You’re not just a normal college kid. You have to hold yourself to a higher standard.”
Zeller and McRobbie’s sentiments come on the heels of two Hoosiers basketball players, Thomas Bryant and Emmitt Holt, being cited for underage possession of alcohol. Though that may seem small and insignificant, it is only the latest in recent problems that have dogged Indiana’s basketball program. Earlier this year, Holt was the driver of the car that former IU player Devin Davis jumped in front of while drunk. Holt was not legally intoxicated at the time, but had been drinking and was arrested, thus drawing a four-game suspension. Davis suffered a brain injury and though he made a quick recovery, he was dismissed from the program this spring along with Hanner Mosquera-Perea following a citation for marijuana possession.
Last year, star point man Yogi Ferrell and teammate Stanford Robinson were arrested for having fake IDs, while Robinson and Troy Williams also drew four-game suspensions for testing positive for marijuana.
Thus, though McRobbie’s words may seem harsh, they only do because the situation in Bloomington has gotten that bad. Unless the athletic department gets its collective you-know-what together, things are only going to get worse down the road.
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