Xavier-Cincy, most riveting college hoops rivalry, ends with Cronin going after player

The noxious nature of Xavier’s rivalry with intra-city foe Cincinnati found a dense, myth-making new chapter Saturday when Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin made a move toward Xavier senior J.P. Macura after their game ended. Xavier landed an 89-76 victory on its home floor.

Cronin had to be restrained and was quickly ushered off the court and back to the locker room by two men, one of them being Lamar Simpson, one of three referees who officiated the game.

CBS Sports obtained video (posted above) of Cronin approaching Xavier’s bench, courtesy of Mark Morse, a Xavier fan in attendance. A separate angle of Cronin was posted to Twitter by another fan. It’s an ugly look for any coach. In this case, it’s something that will stick to Cronin’s reputation in that city for as long as he’s with the Bearcats. Musketeers fans will never let him forget it — just like Cincinnati fans will never stop shouting back to Xavier fans just how insufferable they think Macura is. 

Confrontations between coaches and opposing players are frowned upon, if not outright derided, in every level of sports. It’s a line that shouldn’t be crossed. Seldom do we see the threat of actual physical confrontation, which is what made Saturday’s turn of events all the more shocking, especially given the recent history of

Article source: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/xavier-cincy-most-riveting-college-hoops-rivalry-ends-with-cronin-going-after-player/

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