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A few more thoughts on the Xavier-Cincy suspensions ...

1. Neither school meted out enough punishment for Saturday's brawl. But Xavier's reaction seemed especially weak-kneed, given that the harshest punishment went to a freshman and a walk-on, while star guards Mark Lyons and Tu Holloway, whose game-long junk-talking was the instigation for everything, got just three games between them.

Shameful. And not surprising.

2. I wouldn't go so far as to say the Xavier athletic director, who announced the punishments, should be fired for such blatant self-interest (although it's tempting), but head coach Chris Mack should definitely get a sitdown himself.

Where was he when Lyons and Holloway were motor-mouthing the entire game? Even an ounce of sideline leadership should have dictated he yank them both out, sit them down and tell them they weren't going back in until they shut the (bleep) up. But Mack did nothing.

So: Four games for him, the max meted out to any of his players.

3. Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin gets his props, as the Blob opined earlier, for saying no matter what the length of the suspensions, only he would decide if and when any of the offenders played again. He gets none, however, for not insisting on indefinite suspensions for Yancy Gates and Cheikh Mbodj, who essentially assaulted Xavier's Kenny Frease in a sequence that reminded the Blob of this.

Ben Smith's blog.