Crean apologizes for post-game incident with Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer

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Indiana’s dramatic victory over Michigan in the final game of the regular season clinched an outright Big Ten championship.  The win caused an avalanche of reactions on social media with “Wow” being among the most popular messages posted to twitter.  A few minutes after the victory, a tweet by Yahoo Sports National Columnist Dan Wetzel “Tom Crean got into it twice postgame with a Michigan assistant. Wild scene here in Ann Arbor” led to another range of emotions from fans around the country.

Video later showed Crean exchanging heated words with Michigan Assistant Jeff Meyer, a former IU assistant during the Kelvin Sampson era in Bloomington.  While there are various accounts as to what led to the argument and the entire scope of the discussion, Crean told reporters on the Big Ten conference call that he called Meyer to apologize while walking to the team plane Sunday night.  Crean reiterated that stance during an interview on the Dan Dakich Show on 1070 the Fan Monday.

“Heat of battle, should have been handled differently. I apologized to him for it, just a professional misunderstanding and its over and done with….I should’ve never brought it to the handshake line, it’s over, it’s over.”

Dakich followed with a question about whether Crean was “shocked” that video surfaced from the incident.

“It’s probably par for the course for the situation.  I think you get locked in to what you’re doing and you just don’t always focus on the fact that all these different cameras are on you.  It should’ve been handled behind closed doors, it has been, it’s over,” explained Crean.

Despite a loss to Ohio State,  Indiana dropped just one spot in the latest Associated Press Top-25 poll, falling to 3rd.  Indiana is the #1 seed in this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament and will play either Minnesota or Illinois in Friday’s first quarterfinal game at the United Center.

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