Conflicting Message in Cincinnati-Xavier Violence

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If you love sports for the right reasons, you have to denounce in the strongest terms fist fights in sports outside of boxing and MMA. If the game is about scoring touchdowns, putting a ball in the hoop, or puck in a goal, fights are antithetical to us purists. And even worse, when players put on a uniform representing an institution of ­higher learning, the privilege to do so comes with the responsibility to carry that pristine banner above the banter of foul language or foul play.  So when Xavier and Cincinnati basketball teams had a bench-clearing brawl we were outraged, offended, and embarrassed.

Therefore, when it comes to punishment, the respective institutions should send a message as they did. It could have been much like Oregon’s former running...

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