Eli Holman upset during Hoosier meeting

By Bill Hodge - May 01, 2008


# Freshman center/forward Eli Holman of Richmond Cal., threw another potential problem into Indiana's rebuilding project, telling coaches he intended to transfer before apparently throwing a tantrum in their office that required a call to the campus police. "His behavior took me, along with the other people in the office, by surprise," coach Tom Crean said in a statement. "We saw him as a danger to himself and wanted to take precautionary measures to help him. We felt bad for Eli and, hopefully, were able to help him."

Capt. Jerry Minger of the Indiana University police department said police were called as more of a precaution and that no one felt threatened. Police did not arrest Holman. "It was first reported that he threw a potted plant, and later the secretary said he knocked it off as he was leaving," Minger said. Athletic director Rick Greenspan took Holman into his office for about an hour as officers waited outside, and Holman left calmly without speaking to police.

Losing Holman would leave Indiana with only five returning players from last season's roster. He averaged 1.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in six games before injuring his left wrist and taking a medical redshirt.

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Posted by Bill Hodge at 06:44 PM on May 01, 2008
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