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BOZICH | Dismissals not the joyous farewells Crean wanted for Davis, Mosquera-Perea at Indiana

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Devin Davis (left) and Hanner Mosquera-Perea were dismissed from the Indiana University basketball team Thursday. Devin Davis (left) and Hanner Mosquera-Perea were dismissed from the Indiana University basketball team Thursday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Tom Crean wanted a joyous farewell for Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea with the Indiana University basketball program.

Senior Night. Degrees. A Big Ten title. NCAA Tournament success. A standing ovation. A goodbye speech in front of the crowd at Assembly Hall.

The kind of farewell all four-year guys receive.

He wanted the two players to succeed on the court, in the classroom and in their lives. In fact, he still does.

The farewell usually arrives with joy. Crean's program has delivered perfect NCAA academic scores the last three years.

But now Davis and Mosquera-Perea will have to make it work elsewhere.

Davis and Mosquera-Perea were dismissed by IU on Thursday for “not living up to their responsibilities,” to the basketball program.

In other words, behavior that both players could have avoided. But they did not. Each guy had made the program look bad for the second time in about 15 months. This time marijuana was involved.

As I wrote Tuesday, the pair didn't care about helping their coach as much as their coach cared about helping them.

One source described Crean as “devastated” by the news. I believe that because I know how many hours Crean invested at Bloomington Hospital last November encouraging Davis' recovery from a traumatic brain injury after the player was hit by a car not far from Assembly Hall on Halloween night.

"I'm not going to stop caring for them," Crean told me in a text message. "It will just be from a distance."

Crean talked about how watching Davis' parents arrive at the hospital in Bloomington in the middle of the night was one of the most difficult moments of his life.

“This was hard for Tom,” a source close to the program told me Thursday afternoon. “He wanted it to work for those guys.”

But it could no longer work – not after Davis, a sophomore from Indianapolis, was cited for possession of marijuana at Hickory Hall by Indiana University police Monday. Mosquera-Perea was not cited but was reportedly also in the room.

The dismissal came after several days of investigating the situation. But the conclusion was hard to mistake:

As I wrote at Tuesday, The pair didn't respect the rules of the program as much as the program tried to assist them.

Mosquera-Perea, scheduled to be a senior next season, had missed several games in February 2014 after he was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Mosquera-Perea did not travel to Canada for a five-game exhibition tour with the Hoosiers last August. Some suggested that his absence was tied to his OWI charges. It was another distraction.

Davis missed all of last season after he was hit by a vehicle driven by teammate Emmitt Holt. Although Davis was not charged in that matter, it is believed his behavior contributed to the accident. He was hospitalized for 19 days.

The accident happened early on Nov. 1 after Crean had ended practice by talking to his players about acting responsibly on Halloween night

Crean had provided second chances for both players as well as for Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams, Stanford Robinson and Holt after their issues away from the court. But the nonsense factor was becoming too much of a distraction, inspiring critics to wonder why these players could not follow the rules.

Crean made the right call. He arrived in 2008 to clean up Kelvin Sampson's mess. Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller and Christian Watford didn't ignore his rules this way. It was time for a message.

Although Davis had resumed basketball drills, he was not cleared for basketball contact and his availability with the team next season was uncertain. Davis averaged 2.4 points and 2.6 rebounds while playing 8.8 minutes per game as a freshman in 2013-14.

Mosquera-Perea, a 6-foot-9 forward/center, retains one season of eligibility. He averaged 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Hoosiers last season, ranking sixth in scoring and third in rebounding.

Mosquera-Perea was likely to be IU's top reserve at center and power forward next season.

Without the pair, Indiana will have 11 scholarship players next season, two less than the NCAA limit. But the Hoosiers will return their top seven scorers and are likely to begin the season ranked in the Top 25.

Now they'll have to succeed without Davis and Mosquera-Perea. It's not the farewell that Crean wanted. But it was time for IU players to stop doing the wrong things.

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