Tom Crean's players kept making off-the-court headlines, and he finally took some drastic action.
Indiana announced Thursday that Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea were dismissed from the program in the wake of an incident in which Davis was cited for marijuana possession and Mosquera-Perea was also present.
"Indiana men's basketball announces that Devin Davis and senior Hanner Mosquera-Perea have been dismissed from the program effective immediately for not living up to their responsibilities to the program," the program said in a short statement.
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This was the second recent off-the-court incident for both players. Last fall, Davis suffered a severe injury when struck by a car he had just exited. The car was being driven by teammate Emmitt Holt, who had been drinking. Davis spent months in hospitals recovering from the injury. Before that, Mosquera-Perea was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He also had previous off-the-court issues.
After the marijuana incident earlier this week, Davis was suspended indefinitely, while the team said it would review Mosquera-Perea's involvement.
Now both players are off the team.
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To some, the discipline might seem steep for something that seems a common behavior among many college-aged people, though incidents such as this one — still illegal, of course — had become far too common among the Hoosiers. In addition to the already mentioned off-the-court incidents involving Mosquera-Perea, Davis and Holt, Indiana players Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson were cited for minor consumption and possession of false identification last year, as well.
The calls for Crean to do something about his players continuously getting in trouble grew louder from the Indiana fan base, and Thursday's actions seem to be the kind of message they were hoping he would send.
However, there's no doubting that this move will have a big impact on the court. The Hoosiers already had a weakness when it came to size at the forward position. Troy Williams, while a very good player, is just 6-foot-7. Mosquera-Perea, at 6-foot-9, figured to play a large role in the post for Indiana next season. His dismissal leaves little option there, though Crean did recruit the 6-foot-11 Thomas Bryant this offseason. Bryant might have to pick up more minutes than initially anticipated with such little frontline presence in Bloomington.