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Update: Crean apologizes

Indiana coach Tom Crean didn't waste any time addressing the altercation he had with Michigan assistant coach Jeff Meyer with the former Hoosiers assistant coach Sunday or with the media Monday.

During his opening statement on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Monday, Crean said he called Meyer on the way to the plane after Indiana's 72-71 win at Michigan on Sunday.

Crean and Meyer, who was a member of former IU coach Kelvin Sampson's staff, were seen arguing after Sunday's game. The two first exchanged heated words during the hand shake line and then argued again at midcourt.

"We discussed a couple of things," Crean said of his conversation with Meyer on the way to the plane. "I apologized for that, and in retrospect wished I never would have had addressed anything after the heat of battle in a game. We have moved on. That is what I have done. Now our focus is completely on helping our team improve this week to get ready for Friday."

Crean was caught by TV cameras shouting to Meyer: "You know what you did! You helped wreck the program. You helped wreck the program." Crean and Meyer were separated by current Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley, who got Crean away from Meyer, who walked away from the altercation.

Crean's remarks stem from the NCAA sanctions imposed on Indiana while Sampson was coach. Sampson and former assistant Rob Senderoff were penalized by the NCAA, and Meyer was cleared of any wrong doing.

Michigan coach Jim Beilein said during Monday's teleconference that he only saw the incident on TV, but he wouldn't go into details about what happened.

"Jeff and I discussed it afterwards," Beilein said. "I'm not going to comment on another coach or another university. I will say that Michigan is always going to win with class and they are going to lose with class. We are never going to use victory or defeat to vent any frustrations we're going to have.

"I'm really proud of the way Jeff showed great poise and handled himself in the aftermath of the disappointment of that loss."

Beilein would not confirm whether or not Crean called Meyer on Sunday.

IU is the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament, which begins Thursday in Chicago. The Hoosiers will play the winner of Thursday's No. 8-seed Illinois-No. 9-seed Minnesota game at noon Friday.

Indiana (26-5) and Michigan (25-6) could meet in the semifinals of the conference tournament. The Wolverines are the No. 5 seed and would have to score wins over 12th-seeded Penn State (10-20) and fourth-seeded Wisconsin (21-10) and Indiana would have to win its quarterfinals game to reach the Saturday semifinals.

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