ANN ARBOR, Mich. — First, there were tears, hugs and emotions spilling over onto the court, a season-long quest completed.
Then there was a heated exchange of words.
Moments following Indiana’s stirring 72-71 comeback victory Sunday at the Crisler Center — which gave IU the outright Big Ten title — Hoosiers coach Tom Crean engaged in a dust-up with Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer. The two shook hands, exchanged words, then exchanged words again.
WRTV-6 caught video of the incident, in which Crean appears to shout “You know what you did; you helped wreck our program” towards Meyer. Current Indiana assistant Tim Buckley then pulls Crean away.
The reason for the bad blood wasn’t immediately clear. Asked about it after the game, Crean said, “It’s a heated game, it’s a heated game. Ask him.”
Meyer, a former Indiana assistant under Kelvin Sampson, was not made available to the media following the game.
“I have from day one acknowledged the mistakes I made, and I’ve taken personal responsibility for the wrongdoing,” Meyer said. “I apologized to Indiana University for my involvement in the matter, however limited.”
Meyer was cleared by the NCAA of involvement in the school’s “major” recruiting violations. His violations were deemed “secondary” and he was not punished.
Zak Keefer writes for the Indianapolis Star, a Gannett property.
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