The past couple seasons have featured a high frequency of legal issues for Indiana basketball players, and that trend doesn't appear to be changing.
WTHR initially reported Monday and Indiana later confirmed that Emmitt Holt and Thomas Bryant were cited for underage possession of alcohol on Friday.
The athletics department released a bare-bones statement Monday afternoon.
"We are aware that men's basketball players Emmitt Holt and Thomas Bryant were each cited Friday for underage possession of alcohol. We take this matter very seriously and are continuing to gather information."
Underage possession of alcohol by itself might not seem the biggest of deals for a pair pf college kids, but the truth is that these incidents — to various degrees of severity — have been piling up for the past few years now for the Hoosiers, leading to plenty of outside criticism directed at head coach Tom Crean.
Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Devin Davis were dismissed from the team in May after the two were involved in an incident involving marijuana.
This after Holt and Davis were involved in an incident last fall, when Holt, who had been drinking, was operating a vehicle that struck Davis as he was exiting the vehicle, leading to a severe injury for Davis. That earned Holt a four-game suspension. Before that, Mosquera-Perea was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Additionally last year, Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson were cited for minor consumption and possession of false identification. Robinson — who has since transferred — and Troy Williams were suspended for the first four games of last season for failed drug tests.
So the frequency of these off-the-court legal issues is the sticking point for many. Crean took action earlier this year, dismissing Mosquera-Perea and Davis. Will a similar fate await Holt, who now has multiple off-the-court issues? Bryant is a recently arrived freshman yet to play a game with the Hoosiers.