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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