Michigan's Jeff Meyer mum on Tom Crean incident, but appreciates how John Beilein handled things
He was, however, appreciative of the way Michigan coach John Beilein stood behind him after it happened -- and defended him publicly as a coach and a person.
"Coach (Beilein) is obviously not only an unbelievable basketball coach, an elite-level basketball coach, he's a great leader," Meyer said Thursday after Michigan's 83-66 win over Penn State during the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. "He did what a leader would do.
"His support and encouragement was certainly appreciated."
Following Michigan's 72-71 loss against Indiana on Sunday at the Crisler Center, Crean and Meyer -- a former Indiana assistant under ex-Hoosier coach Kelvin Sampson -- engaged in a confrontation at halfcourt.
Crean barked at Meyer: "You know what you did, you helped wreck the program. You helped wreck that program."
Crean was obviously referring to Meyer's days as a staffer on Sampson's staff, a tenure that ended in Sampson's forced resignation following serious NCAA violations.
Meyer was eventually cleared of all wrongdoing by the NCAA.
The following day, Crean told reporters on the Big Ten coaches' teleconference that he offered a telephone apology to Meyer before the Hoosiers left Ann Arbor.
Later in the day, Beilein was asked about the incident, and he took a firm stance in support of Meyer -- and even refused to confirm, or deny, Crean's apology ever took place.
"I'm not going to comment on another coach or another university," Beilein said. "I will say that Michigan is always going to win with class and they're going to lose with class.
"We're never going to use victory or defeat as a platform for any frustrations we're going to have. I'm really proud of the way Jeff showed great poise and handled himself in the aftermath of the disappointment in that loss. He's a great coach and he's helped us rebuild this program brick by brick, side by side, with me. I'm glad he's on our sideline."
On Thursday, Meyer declined to discuss the matter any further.
Saying he and the Michigan staff were preparing for the Big Ten Tournament.
"We have a tournament opportunity and we have, in this, kind of a new season," Meyer said. "So it's kind of been all hands on deck getting ready for the (Big Ten Tournament)."
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