Originally posted on The Dagger  |  Last updated 12/11/11
One day after telling reporters he was "going to decide who's on the team going forward" in the wake of Saturday's ugly game-ending brawl with rival Xavier, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin doled out punishment that packed surprisingly little punch. Top big man Yancy Gates will be suspended for six games as a result of the right cross that bloodied unsuspecting Xavier center Kenny Frease and reserve center Cheikh Mbodj also will sit out six games for stomping Frease while he was down on the court. Freshman forward Octavius Ellis also received a six-game suspension and guard Ge'Lawn Guyn will sit out just Cincinnati's next game. Part of the reason those punishments seem lenient is because of where Cincinnati is in its schedule. The next four games the Bearcats play are against Wright State, Radford, Arkansas Pine Bluff and Chicago State, followed by a winnable non-conference game at home against Oklahoma and the Big East opener at Pittsburgh. Considering the punishment only includes one...
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