For the third time this offseason, an Indiana basketball player has been dismissed from the program.
The Hoosiers announced Monday afternoon that sophomore forward Emmitt Holt has been dismissed following last week's citation for underage possession of alcohol, his second off-the-court incident in less than a year.
Last fall, Holt, who had been drinking, was driving a car that struck teammate Devin Davis, who was severely injured and missed all of last season.
"Sophomore Emmitt Holt has been dismissed from the men's basketball program effective immediately for demonstrating exceptionally poor judgment in the circumstances surrounding his recent citation, particularly coming after his involvement in the Devin Davis accident which should have motivated him to make better decisions."
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Freshman center Thomas Bryant was also cited last week, and Monday's announcement revealed that he is receiving internal discipline.
"Freshman Thomas Bryant, as a result of his citation, is receiving internal team discipline and is subject to additional discipline for any future failure to live up to his responsibilities to the program."
Earlier this offseason, Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea were dismissed following an incident involving marijuana.
Head coach Tom Crean has received much criticism as the off-the-court incidents have continued to come with great frequency. In addition to those mentioned, Mosquera-Perea was arrested in spring of 2014 for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Later in 2014, Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson were cited for minor consumption and possession of false identification. Robinson and Troy Williams were also suspended four games at the start of last season for failing drug tests.
Last week, Crean addressed the latest incident and the continuation of the incidents.
“We’ve got to get everybody to understand — it doesn’t matter who it is, it doesn’t matter this situation, the entire team — we’ve got to get a team of guys to understand (that) ultimately they are playing ‘for' Indiana and not ‘at’ Indiana," Crean said. A video of his comments was published by the Indianapolis Star. "There’s a lot that goes into the basketball responsibility, the academic responsibility, the social responsibility. And really where we sit right now, as much as anything else, is a leadership responsibility they’ve got to have with one another. I’d love to sugarcoat it for you — and I’m responsible for this, ultimately I’m responsible — but our internal team leadership has been less than poor for the last two years.
"When situations like this happen, much like any other time, it might be isolated to a couple people when it comes to what happens, but it’s a team-wide thing when it comes to understanding where you’re at. And we’ve struggled with that, we’ve struggled with that for the last couple years."