Xavier routed Cincy and with :09 left in the game on an OOB play, a major melee broke out and punches landed. Mick Cronin showed what a leader of men should do in the post game interview.
On the fight itself:
"There is no excuse for any of it. On our side, on their side, guys need to grow up. I'm not blaming anybody. From our standpoint, we accept full responsiblility and it will be handled. There is zero excuse for that in basketball. You gotta learn how to win, on one side, and you gotta learn how to lose on the other side."
"The world don't revolve around them, around basketball."
"It's a prime example of guys thinking they're too important, and I'm talking about everyone involved."
"That whole scene is embarrassing. It's a complete embarrassment."
On possible punishment:
"I will meet with my AD and my president, and I will decide who's on the team going forward. I've never been this embarrassed. We represent an institution of higher learning. It's way more important than basketball games." "And whoever puts their jersey back on — I made everybody take their jersey off, and they will not put it on again until they have a full understanding of where they go to school, and what the university stands for, and how lucky they are to even be there, let alone have a scholarship, 'cause there's a whole lot of kids that can't pay for college."
"They're all sittin' in there with no jersey on. Some of 'em, I physically took 'em off."
"At the end of the day, if (a suspension) has to happen, to answer your question, that's a shame, if you have to not play a game because of something like that."
"(Cincinnati's AD and president) don't have to worry about me doing the right thing, and the program standing for certain things. And that might not be as sexy as some people want it."
"Toughness is doing the right thing in life. We talk about -- that's what we talk about. So if that's the case, you're being provoked, or this or that true toughness, you walk away. You take your ass-whipping and you go home. And you get better."
"Certain people want to act a certain way? That's on them."
Mick Cronin also said he hoped he still had a job when he got back to campus. Even though it happened, I thought Cronin's take on responsbility for his team's actions was laudable.