Having worked within a major Division I basketball program as a student, I never saw the young men on our team conduct themselves on the court in a manner that would have been damaging to the university or embarrassing to their coach for whom they had the utmost respect. They had to have their jerseys tucked into their shorts, be clean-shaven, and have no tattoos. Sure, that might not have been their personal style, but every single player honored Coach by toeing the line.
Where has the respect for coaches and for the universities that these student athletes are so fortunate to represent gone?
Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said after the game that he would decide whether anybody should be kicked off the team for their actions. He also said he took the players' jerseys away to make the point that their conduct was unacceptable.
Babcock, who was hired from Missouri in October, apologized for the fracas.
"We hold our student-athletes to a very high standard and take very seriously the role that our entire department plays in reflecting the overall image of this great university," Babcock said. "We will continue to work diligently to represent the Bearcat family and the Cincinnati community in a first-class manner. There will be zero tolerance for a repeat of this behavior."
Gates is Cincinnati's top frontcourt player. He'll miss games against Wright State, Radford, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Chicago State, Oklahoma and the Bearcats' Big East opener at Pittsburgh.
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