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BLOOMINGTON -- Friday's alcohol-related arrests of Indiana basketball players Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson left coach Tom Crean blunt and clear:
This is unacceptable.
“We are aware of the two infractions with a couple of the guys on our team,” Crean said in a university release. “One of our big problems on the court this year was solid decision making, which directly mirrors our lack of decision making off the court. We had too many players that had a maturity problem all year and that maturity has not grown yet to where it needs to be.
“This isn't about a time of year or a special week on campus (the annual Little 500 bike race). This is about poor judgment, selfishness of actions, and disrespect for what this program stands for.
“We will continue, as we have all year, to push the responsibility of what it means to play in this basketball program and to represent yourself beyond reproach. We have been successful in doing that in the past and will continue to demand those same principles."
Ferrell, a sophomore guard a couple of weeks shy of his 21st birthday, and Robinson, a freshman guard, were arrested early Friday morning and charged with minor consumption of an alcoholic beverage and possession of a false identification.
According to a excise police release, Indiana State Excise Police arrested Ferrell, a sophomore, and Robinson, a freshman, after they attempted to enter Kilroy's Sports Bar in Bloomington around 1 a.m. with false IDs. Police officers inside the bar quickly recognized the IDs were false.
Given that, as IU basketball players, Ferrell and Robinson are among the most recognizable people in Bloomington, it is no surprise they were recognized.
Ferrell and Robinson were each issued summonses and released. The two will be required to appear in Monroe County Court on Sunday at 8:30 am.
Crean did not say what kind of team punishment they will face.
Ferrell was an All-Big Ten player this season. He led IU in scoring, at 17.3 points a game, and in assists, with nearly four a game. He started every game.
Robinson came on strong at the end of the season, and averaged 6.4 points.
Both player apologized in the IU release.
"I apologize for letting down my family, coaches, teammates and fans and truly regret the mistake I made," Ferrell said. "This is something I have to learn from, use better judgement and I have a responsibility as a leader on this team to make sure nothing like this happens again."
Added Robinson: "I'm very sorry for my actions. I know I have embarrassed my family and this program and have let a lot of people down. I have no excuses for the mistakes I made and I take full responsibility for them."
This makes three alcohol-related incidents involving IU basketball players. Hanner Mosquera-Perea was arrested in February for Operating While Intoxicated during the season. He was suspended for two games and continues to serve unspecified team discipline. They include very early morning workouts.
That doesn't include the three-game suspension of former player Jeremy Hollowell, for unspecified reasons.
This follows a 17-15 season that didn't include a postseason bid by the NCAA or the NIT. In the aftermath, forwards Jeremy Hollowell, Austin Etherington and Jonny Marlin decided to transfer. Etherington is going to Butler, Hollowell is heading to Georgia State and Marlin is going to Indiana Wesleyan.
Also, assistant coach Kenny Johnson has left to join Louisville's national-power program.
In December, freshman center Luke Fischer transferred to Marquette.