Crean says discipline for Hanner Mosquera-Perea is “ongoing”

  • 02/21/2014 10:34 am in

Indiana coach Tom Crean was asked about the status of Hanner Mosquera-Perea during a conference call on Friday morning to preview Saturday’s game at Northwestern and provided an update on the status of the sophomore forward.

Mosquera-Perea was arrested on Feb. 14 and charged with operating while intoxicated endangerment and operating with a blood alcohol content above .15.

Here are Crean’s comments, in their entirety:

“There’s two things. I’m not going to get into a suspension, but as far as his discipline, that is going on daily. And the bottom line is that to get him to a place where he understands what he has here, where he understands the commitment level, not only physically, but mentally, that goes into this. And really, to understand that for him to take the next step as a player, that commitment level, that passion level, that seriousness about this, along with his school work, which he’s done very good with, is the most important things to his future. It’s certainly the most important things to his present.

“But it’s also extremely important to his future and for his career. It’s been ongoing, daily. And it will continue to be to the point where he has an uncle in the United States that flew up here to make sure we were all unified on what we wanted for him. And how we were all unified and how we were going to get it. And I really, really appreciated that on behalf of Hanner’s family because obviously he doesn’t see them and we don’t see them. But they’re there. And they’re just like all of us, they love their son, they love their grandson, they love their nephew, they love their brother as we do.

“The bottom line is we get him, help him to get to a place where he understands what he’s capable of where it’s not so much about what he could have lost, but what you are capable of when you make the right decisions. And I think that’s the discipline … It’s the old Lou Holtz, ‘discipline is not something you do to someone, it’s something you do for someone.’ And I think that’s living proof right now.

“He’s doing all the basketball things that we do, but he’s also doing some extra things. We structure his days around that and that’s staying within the rules we have and timeframes and all that kind of stuff, but we’re maxing all of that out. He’s making progress and it’s not anything where we can see the progress immediately, but I have no doubt that we’re working toward a long term process for him.

“And when I say long term, the suspension and the discipline are two different things. That’s kind of how I break that up.”

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  • calbert40

    I think Crean has handled this difficult situation very well. He’s consistently reminded everyone that he personally cares for Hanner and his well-being as does everyone within the program, but that doesn’t mean there is not going to be discipline handed out.

    Equally, I think the “indefinite” suspension was a great decision. This makes the length of suspension up to Hanner instead of an arbitrary number of games decided by Crean. Well done.

  • inLinE6

    Agreed. I love how Crean handled things like this. He’s a top class human being and a true gentleman. I just hope there’s some on-court improvement as well. But other than that, he represented the university and community very well.

  • N71

    Agree, crapy situation for all involved but its be handled as well as I could imagine setting aside having to even deal with it in the first place.

  • MK

    Hanner made a horrible, terrible mistake and thank god no one was hurt. That said, I think he deserves a second chance. Kids make mistakes. Hopefully this helps him grow up.

  • Outoftheloop

    Hanner has lots of work to do to get his life back in order…but don’t we all! Good luck Hanner. GO IU! Win a game!

  • notfargj

    very nicely said. the thing that sticks out to me is that he emphasized that they love him. nothing can transcend any love that is genuinely extended to another human being and i think that crean has – based on the little that i’ve read and heard from his players and recruits – a great deal of concern for their well-being. it’s evident he wants what’s best for him.

  • notfargj

    so true that we all make mistakes. it’s encouraging to see that hoosier fans recognize that we’re all in the same boat, that we’re all fallible and that we’ll all make mistakes along the way. there is much grace in life and hopefully hanner will take full advantage of this opportunity to grow and improve. perhaps, it will prove to be a catalyst to making a conscious effort to work even harder.

  • Jim Morris

    Typical Crean, he says a million things that mean and tell us nothing. That being said, I think Crean will do the right things for Hanner and the team where both can benefit.

  • Laffy

    I rip Crean a lot as a coach, but I agree with you he’s handled this perfectly.

  • Richard Howenstein

    You’re mad at Crean for the season. Admit it. Because there’s no way in hell you can say that Crean didn’t provide the info we need from this situation. He isn’t going to give us the great details because that’s none of our business.It’s Hanner and his family’s business. it’s the team’s business. It must be a full time job hating everything Crean does 24 hours a day.

  • Jim Morris

    I will admit that I’m mad at Crean for this season, but you must have missed the second part of my comment.

  • Richard Howenstein

    You must have missed the first part of your comment.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    How many times does a guy have to say he admits it for you to see that he is admitting his frustration? JIm has a right to voice his opinion, and he addressed the good and the bad while admitting he is frustrated with the season on the court..to you.

  • plane1972

    I agree that he didn’t really say anything concrete, but I don’t think he wants to embarrass Hanner any more than he has embarrassed himself. He doesn’t really owe any explanation.

  • SCHoosier

    IMO..there are some things about the issue that frankly are none of our business even though Hanner has a “public personal.” If you can’t trust a combination of Hanner’s family, the coaches, university and justice system to handle the legal, rehab, discipline part of this sad misadventure…then you probably ought to be posting on another board.

  • Jim Morris

    True.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    An unfortunate situation for all involved.
    I remember being that age, and how easy it is to make those kinds of mistakes.
    Whatever you may think of coach Creans strategies, you have to admit he runs a clean program, with future development in mind.
    On a side note.
    It’s good to see the fan base pulling together, even though it’s around a bad situation.
    We should pull together and get behind the team now more than ever.
    I remember supporting some good teams with bad records in IU’s past.
    And I believe that when this team figures things out, they will be hard to beat.

  • Richard Howenstein

    Why were my comments deleted

  • Kyl470

    This is the part of coaching that I think Crean handles very well. I hope HMP can rebound from this and make a positive comeback.

  • Alford Bailey

    Good grief this is a lot of babel from CTC. I do not believe the press needs a constant update on this from Crean. Its really not any of our business at this point. I have complete faith the powers that be will handle accordingly. Time to lay off the subject for awhile. Lets allow the process to work.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I know there were some people who still said that Hanner would be kicked off the team permanently but this doesn’t sound like that at all. It sounds like they are going to give him the opportunity to learn and grow from this. I think that is definitely the right thing to do, let’s just hope he does.

  • IUJeff

    It is babble for sure. But positive babble. I have said for a long time that Crean explains too much. Let the on-court product speak for itself and explain MUCH less please.

  • marcusgresham

    I’d suspect a good portion, if not a majority of everyone on this site did something very similar when they were around that age. Just glad no one got hurt.

  • ForeverIU

    I’m just curious, what sort of discipline will be handed out to Hanner?
    Should he quit drinking, or just not carry car keys with him when he is out on the town having a good time? Is his incident a reflection of larger disciplinary issues? I
    know most of this is probably none of my business. But I wonder where we
    draw the lines between the hullabaloo surrounding a legal violation (okay, he could have killed someone, but he didn’t, thank the Lord) and larger disciplinary
    issues. I don’t know what goes on behind closed doors and in practice,
    but judging from Hanner’s steady progress and consistent (although not
    spectacular) contributions, he seems like a reasonably disciplined kid, more disciplined than me for sure, and I never got in trouble with the law (although I’ve had ITH comments slashed, lol, probably my worst documented crime). I would
    like to think that this boils down to keeping the car keys out the
    kid’s reach during a night out on the town, and nothing more.

  • yimyames

    The million dollar question, lately.

  • Shaggy_C

    He’ll be on probation with a suspended sentence. Typically the rule states that he is not supposed to be intoxicated nor can he be found inside of any establishment where alcohol sale is the primary business. They treat these incidents as if the person is guilty of doing the same thing all the time but just happened to be caught this once, which is probably the right approach. He will lose his driver’s license for one year and will have to attend AA and/or alcohol therapy.

    It sounds to me from CTC’s statements (reading between the lines of course) that from the team’s perspective they’re structuring his time much more when he’s away from the court – they can’t force him to practice or go to the gym due to NCAA restrictions on number of hours for student athletes, but they can require him to do things like study tables, compliance meetings, and community service which do not count toward the 20 hour limit. I see it as the college athlete equivalent of being grounded.