Indiana men's coach Tom Crean says he apologized to Michigan assistant | College basketball
Indiana men's basketball coach Tom Crean says he has apologized to Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer for their heated exchange after Sunday's game in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana coach Tom Crean says he has apologized to Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer for their heated exchange after Sunday's game.
Crean said during the Big Ten coaches conference call Monday that he apologized to Meyer over the phone on the way to the plane afterward. Crean said he wishes he had "never addressed anything after the heat of battle in a game, but I did and we move on. End of story."
The incident happened on the court after the Hoosiers beat Michigan 72-71 to win the Big Ten regular-season title outright.
Indianapolis station WRTV showed Crean being restrained as he yelled at Meyer: "You know what you did. You helped wreck the program. You helped wreck our program."
Crean was hired by Indiana in 2008 and inherited a program burdened by NCAA sanctions for violations under former coach Kelvin Sampson, an ex-Washington State coach. Meyer served on Sampson's staff.
According to The Indianapolis Star, in 2008 Meyer apologized to Indiana school officials for his role, "however limited," in any NCAA violations. The NCAA cleared Meyer of involvement in "major" violations and did not penalize him for "secondary" violations.
Michigan coach John Beilein said he did not see the confrontation as it happened. He saw video of it Monday morning and said Meyer "showed great poise" and called him "a great coach" who has helped rebuild the Wolverines' program "brick by brick, side by side, with me."
Beilein added, "Michigan is always going to win with class and they're going to lose with class. We're never going to use victory or defeat to vent ... any frustrations we're going to have."
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