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Penalties as Disgraceful as On-Court Brawl

Jeff Swinger/Cincinnati Enquirer

I’ve got to hand it to Cincinnati and Xavier. They managed to embarrass themselves not just on Saturday but again Sunday.

The “Crosstown Punchout” was followed by a “Crosstown Copout.” Quite a weekend in the Queen City.

On the day after their basketball teams lost all self-control and sullied the reputations of their universities in the annual “Crosstown Shootout” game, the schools came back 24 hours later with punishments that further diminished the two. They took one of the worst on-court episodes in recent history and basically brushed it off with soft suspensions and hollow words.

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin won a...

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