Cincinnati-Xavier brawl

Stories, videos relating to melee between Bearcats and Musketeers on Dec. 10, 2011.

On surface, nothing changed for Xavier, Cincinnati

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Just moments after Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates landed a nose-crushing right hook on Xavier’s Kenny Frease, everyone had an opinion on how it would shift both programs. Some thought the squeaky clean reputation of the Musketeers had been muddied, while others were sure that the Bearcats would take a step or two back in their progression [more]

Must-read material on what happened to Xavier’s Tu Holloway

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Xavier started the season as a Final Four darkhorse. Now, just winning a game in the NCAA tournament would be a delight. But it wasn’t an injury that derailed the season. It was a fight. The Xavier-Cincinnati brawl on Dec. 10 remains one of the season’s most notable events for its sheer ferocity and fallout. [more]

Forgiving Frease on Gates’ actions: ‘People make mistakes’

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Yancy Gates is eager to move on from his role in the Cincinnati-Xavier brawl last weekend. So is Kenny Frease, the guy Gates slugged. Xavier’s senior center, who caught a right hand from Gates and was stomped by Chiekh Mbodj while on the ground, suffered a substantial cut near his left eye that required seven [more]

Video: Feinstein says college hoops needs less ‘woofing’

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Few things have prompted more opinions this season than the Cincinnati-Xavier brawl. So what’s one more? John Feinstein’s been part of the college basketball scene for about 30 years. He’s seen everything in that time, so his Tuesday segment on SportsTalk is worth a listen. Related stories: Tearful Gates apologizes, ready to accept ‘punishment’ Crosstown [more]

Xavier player comments reopens debate on athlete free speech

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Because of Saturday’s Xavier-Cincinnati brawl, and the subsequent PR disaster that ensued when Tu Holloway and Mark Lyons took to the podium for the post-game press conference, there has been a renewal in the conversation over free speech and the college athlete. Critics condemned Holloway and Lyons, and rightfully so, for their words, but the [more]

Miller’s odd comments part of Xavier’s botched post-brawl PR

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Cincinnati has handled the aftermath of the Crosstown Knockout about as well as you could possibly imagine. Mick Cronin hid his players in the locker room while he made a strong statement to the media about the future of the program. After levying the suspensions on Sunday, he brought both Yancy Gates and Cheikh Mbodj [more]