PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has a unique take on the Big East exits of Syracuse, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Notre Dame.
While virtually everyone else laments their losses, Cronin thinks otherwise.
“People say, ‘Well, the Big East isn’t the same Big East.’ That’s good for Cincinnati,” Cronin told SNY.tv Friday at the Brayden Carr Foundation clinic at Rutgers. To read more of this story, click here
Nyarsuk has been cleared to play immediately by the NCAA and will have two years of eligibility, beginning this season. He played the last two seasons at Mountain State University, an NAIA school in Beckley, W.Va. To read more of this story, click here
Cincinnati has added 7-foot-1 shot-blocker David Nyarsuk for the upcoming season but can’t yet officially comment on the big man, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv.
A native of the Sudan, Nyarsuk will have two years of eligibility at the Big East school.
He originally committed to West Virginia but did not qualify academically.
“We’re excited about David’s ability to be a game changer at the defensive end of the floor,” Mounties coach Bob Huggins said in November 2009 when he first signed there. To read more of this story, click here
Since the now infamous Cincinnati-Xavier brawl of Dec. 10, the two programs have been headed in opposite directions.
Despite playing without Yancy Gates, Octavius Ellis and Cheikh Mbodj, the Bearcats are a perfect 4-0 since the brawl and are averaging nearly 94 points per game. In two of those wins, they topped the century mark.
Cincinnati is actually playing better without the 6-foot-9 Gates and the 6-10 Mbodj.
Yancy Gates issued a tearful apology Monday for his role in the now-famous Cincinnati-Xavier brawl, and the future of the game itself is in doubt.
“I want to apologize, really, to the whole city of Cincinnati, for my actions,” Gates, 22, said in reference to his cold-cocking of Xavier center Kenny Frease. “The actions that I displayed are not what I’m about, not what the University of Cincinnati is about.”
Sean Miller wanted to defend his former guys at Xavier.
Instead, he ended up appearing to condone their bloody brawl Saturday with Cincinnati that left eight players on both teams suspended.
Now, the Arizona coach is backtracking. In a big way.
“I made comments following our win Saturday over Clemson regarding my former team, Xavier University,” he said in a statement. “These remarks were in response to a question as to whether I have been following Xavier’s on-the-court successes this season. My comments were directed toward my admiration of their on-the-court toughness and their respective approach to giving great effort as a team. To read more of this story, click here
The suspensions will take effect immediately and will be concurrent with the NCAA-standard one-game mandated suspensions that would be applied to Gates and Mbodj for ejections from the game for fighting. To read more of this story, click here
The game between No. 8 Xavier and crosstown rival Cincinnati was called with Xavier up 76-53 and 9.4 seconds left when the teams got into a full-fledged brawl on court and the referees called it.
After Xavier’s Tu Holloway jawed with the Cincinnati bench, a brawl ensued. Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates unloaded a punch to Xavier center Kenny Frease’s face, and Cincy big man Cheikh Mbodj later stomped on Frease’s head. Frease was left with a cut under his left eye and blood pouring out.
In this video interview from Big East Media Day, Cincinnati senior forward Yancy Gates talks about his summer with adidas Nations and the World University Games tryouts; several of his younger teammates, including Sean Kilpatrick of White Plains, N.Y., and Jermaine Sanders out of Rice High School; and his expectations for the No. 21 Bearcats.