Robinson, Williams talk to ESPN about suspensions

  • 11/19/2014 8:42 pm in Indiana Hoosiers’ Stanford Robinson, Troy Williams apologetic before return

“I know we let a lot of people down, teammates, coaching staff, family and definitely the fans,” Robinson said. “But I think we’ve learned from it. Before I think we had a little idea of what it means to put on an Indiana jersey. Once this all happened and it went public, we saw what it really means to be a Hoosier.”

The players’ suspensions, announced just days after news of the car accident, made for a tumultuous start to the season for the Hoosiers and coach Tom Crean.

“He went through a lot more than we had to go through,” Williams said. “The fact that he kept us through all of this, we’re just grateful.”

ESPN also has a story on Emmitt Holt and how he’s dealt with the aftermath of the accident that left Devin Davis seriously injured.

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  • InTheMtns

    I do believe that these young men are sincere in their apologies and that they have a very well-grounded understanding now of what they did and why it was wrong. I’m glad they are back and ready to play some basketball. In Emmitt’s interview with Dana O’Neil, he said, “The whole team, we’re not just playing for us, we’re playing for Devin, too.” Make Devin proud, guys.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    I have an uncanny sense that this team has grown more together Great things are evolving within the team family. A greater appreciation for being a Hoosier may by all team members should bode well in tight games . . . fortitude.

  • iubase

    *great article on Holt. Clearly shows that CTC values his players. Also shows how humble and sincere Holt is. Epiphany moment for Holt and he will be better and wiser.
    * D Davis has a fine family as well and it is situations like this where we as part of the IU community recognize how difficult it is to nurture and grow a program. Raising a teenage son is hard.
    *The responsibility of 12 or more teenagers and molding them into a cohesive team is not easy. The difference between the previous coach and CTC is clear. CTC has a pulse on the situation and is failrly transparent, open and honest. He is there for his players and this is what the IU family of basketball is (and was under RMK).

  • Arch Puddington

    I have said elsewhere that I thought Stan should have been kicked off the team, and indeed there was a case to be made. But I am not sanctimonious about these things. I believe these guys when they say they are remorseful, and I believe Stan when he says his eyes have been opened.

    If these guys stay out of trouble, they can be forgiven. They have damaged the reputation of the program and their coach, and I suspect we have not seen the last of the consequences. (I wonder, for example, about the impact on recruiting in the near future). But if everyone — not just Stan, Troy, and Emmit, but the whole team — can return to good form, this, too shall pass.

    Beating SMU would be a good start!

  • Sampson had some bad kids that did bad things. Crean has some good kids that do bad things. There is a huge difference.

  • SCHoosier

    Verbal steps in the right direction!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    ok guys, you’ve said all the right things. and call me naive, but i believe you’re embarrassed and truly sorry (who wouldn’t be). as the saying goes, actions speak louder than words, now it’s time to prove you meant what you said. prove you’re truly changed, improved individuals who realize the honor of wearing the candy stripes. seems like the general opinion, mine included, is you’re good kids who made bad decisions. don’t prove us wrong!

  • These guys are saying and doing all of the right things. Really happy they are back tonight, and I look forward to seeing them thrive on the court. Troy and Stan may well come out on the other end of this as more mature, less naive leaders — which this program needs.

  • Dave Carnes

    Nice post.And as far as I.m concerned Emmitt did practically nothing wrong.He has no strikes in my book.

  • Hoosier Pride

    Amen, Ben.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Every person faces adversity, often as a result of mistakes they have made. Each of us, if we were to take an honest look in the mirror have made mistakes.

    A person’s character is defined by how they respond to the adversity in their lives. It looks like Stan, Will, & Emmit will prove to be high character people who deal with the adversity in their lives head on and grow from it.

    Also, it sounds like IU, CTC, and the team are developing into a high character team. I have had the same concerns that Stan should be done. I hope, not just because I am an IU fan, that this team comes together and does something special.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I agree with everything you said.

  • twarrior87

    I agree with what you’ve said, but I don’t think getting suspended for drinking and/or smoking weed will impact recruiting much. Show me a university where students don’t sometimes drink and/or smoke weed. Recruits would have no options if this was the basis of their decision.

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    That last quote (above) from Troy is important. We’ve been led to believe that coach Crean is well liked by his players. In the aftermath of these several transgressions, part of the fallout was that CTC should be fired. I hope they realize that their behavior can/could be the cause of their coach getting canned.

  • Ole Man

    What some don’t understand is how sanctimonious all of this sounds.
    You can try to pretend it doesn’t, but it comes across as old men who either had no youth or have forgotten their own youth.
    What are the actual charges against Stan? We don’t know except that he failed one (two?) drug tests. Nothing else has been disclosed. For that you throw a young man’s life down the toilet?
    I think IU would have been a worse place if it had done that; not a better one.
    I don’t think Stan was kept on the team for basketball reasons. I think Stan was kept on the team because A: his offenses were not that great; and most importantly, B: Tom Crean values the lives of the young men he recruits; each and every one of them. As naive as that may sound, quite simply, Tom Crean strikes me as that type of person.

    It’s not up to us to “forgive” them. Sorry, but they don’t owe us a darn thing. It’s between them, Coach, their teammates, their families, and in some instances, their God.
    Go kick butt, Stan! I’m rooting for ya 110%!! You’re a fellow Hoosier.


    Scoot over Ole Man, and I’ll jump down into the trench with you and lend a hand when the ” Holier Than Thou ” group grabs their pitchforks and charges the forces of common sense.

  • KmanCRK

    Anybody else wondering if this was Crean’s idea to have these guys interviewed by Dana? If so, its a great way to drive home to magnitude of their decisions. To have one of the top bball reporters from ESPN in town asking about your regretful decisions. Make them give full interviews and admit to a national audience that they’ve made some bad choices and how they are going to live their lives moving forward. I think a lot of good can and hopefully will come from all of this. Similar to how Scottie Wilbekin bounced back last year for Florida after a handful of bad decisions to become a great leader on his team.

    Time to focus boys, the real season begins tonight.

  • marcusgresham

    Yeah, BYU would be racking up national championships, wouldn’t they? lol

  • Ole Man

    Thanks, Mike. Means a lot.

  • TomJameson

    Dammit Ole Man! I’ve been finding myself agreeing with you more and more, and now I think I’m starting to like you! LOL .. I’ll be right there with you and IUMIKE, count on it!

  • InTheMtns

    Arch, I think even good people can make mistakes and I’m inclined to accept their apologies and move on. Actions always speak louder than words, and in their cases that will be even more true than usual – they can prove if their apologies are sincere or not. I hope they are.

    Now, let’s get on to some winning basketball!

  • Snookafly

    Yeah, I remember that time Eric Gordon and Lance Stemler robbed First National Bank…

  • ForeverIU

    Count me in! LOL! And I’m battle-tested.

  • ForeverIU

    Ole Man, you are a class act. Gives me goosebumps. When I first joined ITH, your voice was one of the main reasons I kept coming back, and now I’m hooked, lol.

  • ForeverIU


  • ForeverIU

    I agree with you, but I think recruits who care that such transgressions be penalized will respect us even more for having dealt with them gracefully and according to protocol, knowing that these things happen elsewhere but are often swept under the carpet.

  • ForeverIU

    Yes, and the kid has the grace to accept blame for what others did. Just imagine how this selflessness will translate on the court.

  • My thoughts exactly. This website occasionally comes across as if it’s full of a bunch of backwards, repressed Calvinist fundamentalists, who would sanction spring time itself, for being so wildly lascivious. What a horrible representation of IU and Bloomington in particular! What a huge turn off for a talented 18-year old looking to broaden himself and play hoops at a top US university. Bloomington is such a hip and great place to live…I wish all the 50-year old virgins would just go back to watching Matlock and Murder She Wrote reruns and leave these kids alone.

    “It’s not up to us to “forgive” them. Sorry, but they don’t owe us a darn thing.”
    – Exactly this. Almost like they think they “own” these kids, and the program is their private plantation. Sick.

  • Me too. The fundamentalist book-burners need to get off the internet and live a little.

  • Oral Roberts. Liberty University.

  • Big game tonight. I’m really excited about this team, but am also really apprehensive about how they’re going to react to tougher competition. I’m doubly excited to see the full team together and hope they find their chemistry right away. I’m glad all this nonsense is behind them and think it will make them all a better and stronger team in the long-run. And of course, I hope to see D Davis on the sidelines soon, when he’s strong enough to be there. It looks like he’s making rapid progress. Whether or not he is able to play is irrelevant at this point, as long as he makes a full recovery. (but if he can suit up sometime in 2015, all the better) I think his presence could have a great emotion effect on the team, by simply being there with them.

    Hoosiers by 9 tonight, and 5-0 by next Monday.

  • That’s kinda what I think too. It might be a net-positive, in the long run, if it brings the team together and strengthens it. Especially for a young team, these sorts of things can help if handled well. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

  • I put the word “some” in there for a reason. Maybe I should of said DeAndre Thomas, JaMarcus Ellis, Brandon McGee, Eli Holman
    …and thank god Bud Mackey ended up in jail before he could get to Bloomington.

  • Snookafly

    ^ Underrated comment.

  • Ole Man

    Thanks, Tom. Having you as a friend can’t be anything but a good thing.

  • Eric Dyer

    Yeah because marijuana is only legalized in what four five states?