Devan Dumes suspended indefinitely

  • 02/08/2009 8:59 pm in

IU media relations sent along the following earlier this evening:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has suspended indefinitely junior guard Devan Dumes for his actions during Saturday’s game at Michigan State.

“After coming home and having the opportunity to review the game film, I believe that discipline is necessary and deserved in this matter,” said Crean.  “A line was crossed that was unacceptable.  However, Devan is one of ours and like with all of our players we want them to learn and understand what it takes to be successful.”

Dumes will not play when IU visits Minnesota on Tuesday night.

“I truly regret my actions and I will learn from this situation,” said Dumes.  “I apologize to everyone involved for doing something that is uncharacteristic of how I play the game.  I am looking forward to putting this behind me and being a better leader to my teammates.”

Dumes will continue to practice and travel with the team.

I don’t have much to add beyond what I wrote after the game last night, but this is a situation that Crean had to squash immediately. I like the proactive approach instead of waiting for the Big Ten to review the game and then impose a penalty. Crean’s reaction to the footage was apparently in line with the sentiments echoed by many of you last night: the elbows were not inadvertent. As far as Dumes goes, let’s hope the apology is sincere and he learns to play under control and keeps his emotions in check going forward.

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  • redyard

    Great response from Crean, and a good statement from Dumes as well. As Alex says, let's hope the apology is sincere, and maybe a game or two will be sufficient to rein Dumes in. To me, there are two things to remember: first (as some have pointed out), Dumes is still a kid, and though he's a transfer, he still doesn't have the experience to deal with the pressure, the higher level of play, or the losing. OTOH, IU and its fans have very different expectations for this team than any team in any season in any sport I've supported. We don't expect great play, we don't expect winning (thank God); we expect character, hard work, commitment, and doing all of it the right way. Hopefully Dumes can get back to the things we expect from him; if he can't, we can certainly continue this unique season without his points.

  • silkyslim

    Well done, Coach Crean.

    Let's hope Dumes (& the team) learn by this and move forward.

    p.s.There will be no dessert at the training table until behavior improves.
    p.s.s. Is that how Roth got the shiner in practice too? :o)

  • 1sheronwilkerson1

    Oh so are we going to freak out on Crean like you did on Sampson for bringing in thug players. I don’t remember Jamarcus doing anything like this. You guys weren’t freaking out about our players last year when they were winning. You guys are a bunch of fags

  • Kelin Blab

    Silky…interesting question…….Not sure what the hell is the source of anger, frustration for Dumes with these elbows? It makes no sense, given the kid had been playing lightsout basketball…..why not build on the momentum.

  • JerryCT

    Nice to see good judgement prevail.

    Alot of folks wanted 5 games or scholarship revoked etc. I see no reason to suspend him more than McClinton or Harris were for brutal contact they made. I saw S CUrry throw an elbow Saturday w a no call but he is not suspended.

    Nice statement from Dumes. The only way to see if he means it is to………PLAY HIM.

    I am actually excited to see who plays the DUmes minutes and how the team responds

  • ChiTownHoosier

    Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Coach Crean needs to set a tone of discipline right now, and he passed his first test with flying colors. This isn't Memphis or Kentucky and I think Coach Crean just pased his first test with flying colors. This is Indiana, and it sure looks like he wants to make it Indiana again.

  • Kelin Blab

    More good news, heard Hummel may be out for the year for PU. His back is not doing well………oh to beat PU this year would be historically awesome…..

  • Hardwood83

    I would guess he was frustrated with getting 3 early fouls- including the pitiful first offensive call for the phantom elbow. That doesn't excuse him giving a cheap-shot in the crotch, but that is why I be he was PO'd.

  • BFowler

    I would argue that the actions are part of the characteristic that he has shown (see Craig Moore and others). I truly hopes he can grow from this….

  • Willis

    I'd like to beat PU this year too, but I wouldn't call the severity of his injury “good news”.

  • silkyslim

    Good point, Kelin, why would he resort to such methods when he is playing so well?

    I hope it doesn't knock the train off the track in our team's progress.

    However, personally, I would like to beat Purdue at full strength so they don't have any excuses to whine about.

    ChitownHoosier, Crean get a A+ in my book on his first pop quiz on tone & execution to set a foundation of integrity for the program. Speaks volumes for IU's future!

  • theBOSSrules

    Can someone post the video of the elbows on youtube? I missed the entire game and obviously, a whole lot more! If you know it is already posted could you list the link in one of your comments. Thanks.

  • namyrdnuof

    a great move by crean suspending dumes. i thought during the game he should have sat him on the bench, however, Crean did the right thing by reviewing the tapes and withholding judgement until he could review the evidence. it just shows that Crean takes a hard look at things instead of making a snappy decision.

  • namyrdnuof

    a great move by crean suspending dumes. i thought during the game he should have sat him on the bench, however, Crean did the right thing by reviewing the tapes and withholding judgement until he could review the evidence. it just shows that Crean takes a hard look at things instead of making a snappy decision.