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Cody Zeller, Indiana president speak out against recent athlete legal issues

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Indiana fans are not the only people in Bloomington that are getting fed up with seeing the names of athletes in the police blotter.

Indiana’s president is as well.

At an annual meeting with his staff to discuss the upcoming academic year, Michael McRobbie gave a scathing review of the athletic department, both the players running afoul of the law and the administrators that are overseeing it.

“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,” he said. “This misbehavior simply has to stop.”

McRobbie wasn’t alone, as athletic director Fred Glass praised his decision to speak out on the subject.

Former Indiana star Cody Zeller, now a member of the Charlotte Hornets, spoke out as well. While in town for a book-signing, Zeller warned the basketball team of the issues that notoriety can bring in a college town.

“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. 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.”

Earlier this week, Indiana basketball players Emmitt Holt and Thomas Bryant were cited for underage possession of alcohol.

They were spotted by Excise Police in a car and in possession of bottles of vodka. Holt is a 19-year old sophomore and Bryant is an 18-year old freshman. That’s illegal, even if it is as minor of an infraction as you’ll find on a college campus.

The issue, however, is that it is just the latest in a long line of run-ins with the law for athletes at Indiana. Holt was the driver when former IU player Devin Davis jumped in front of a moving car while drunk. Holt, at the time, was not legally intoxicated, but he had been drinking and was arrested and suspended for four games as a result. Davis was dismissed from the program, along with Hanner Mosquera-Perea, when he was cited for possession of marijuana in a dorm room. Perea wasn’t cited then, but given that he had an OWI on his record from February of 2014, it was enough to send him packing.

Yogi Ferrell and former guard Stanford Robinson were arrested when Excise Police caught them in a club with fake IDs in April of 2014, and Robinson was suspended for the first four games of the season, along with Troy Williams, after they both tested positive for weed last offseason. An Indiana football player named Antonio Allen, a star safety, was arrested for a smattering of drug-related charges and dismissed from the program.

Xavier, Mount St. Joseph to launch the ‘Lauren Hill Tip-Off Classic’

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We needed a story like this today.

Xavier and Mount St. Joseph announced on Wednesday that the two schools will honor the memory of the late-Lauren Hill by launching the ‘Lauren Hill Tip-Off Classic’.

The event is a double-header that will be held annually to kick-off the season for the women’s basketball teams for both Xavier and Mount St. Joseph. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14th, at the Cintas Center, Xavier’s home arena. Xavier will play Evansville while Mount St. Joseph, a Division III program, will play Hiram College.

Hill was a freshman on the Mount St. Joseph team last season despite the fact that she was battling a terminal form of brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG. She tragically passed away in April, but not before her fight, and the publicity it generated, raised $1.8 million for a foundation called ‘The Cure Starts Now‘, a non-profit charity that aids the fight against pediatric cancer.

Proceeds from the Lauren Hill Tip-Off Classic will be donated to The Cure Starts Now.

Hill’s story went viral last fall, when the NCAA allowed Mount St. Joseph to play their season-opener — also against Hiram College — two weeks early. It was Hill’s dream to play college basketball, and no one was sure whether or not she would be able to after waiting two more weeks.

She scored four points in that game against Hiram. And she went on to play in three more games, finishing her career with 10 points.

“A year ago, I, like many, watched one of the most unselfish players take the floor for her first college basketball game,” said Hill’s coach, Dan Benjamin. “As I think back, what an amazing player, person and teammate Lauren Hill was! On Nov. 14, we will continue her legacy and honor her for everything she stood for! Love you No. 22 and miss you! Help all of us to roar loud and continue your mission.”

LSU highlights from Australia trip (VIDEO)

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LSU’s trip to Australia is over, with the Tigers losing their final game to Melbourne by 18 points.

Star freshman and potential No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons was terrific, however. He averaged 20 points, 9.0 boards, 5.4 assists, 3.6 steals and, unfortunately, 5.0 turnovers. His move at the 1:00 mark in the video above is quintessential Ben Simmons.