Illini Offer Peace Pipe Over Fans’ Actions - Sort Of

Michael David Smith of the AOL FANHOUSE points towards a semi-apology by the University of Illinois and coach Bruce Weber after Illini faithful said some unflattering and profane things to Indiana guard Eric Gordon during the game earlier this week.

Eric Gordon

“There was a great college basketball game played Thursday night between the University of Illinois and Indiana University, but the game has been somewhat diminished by inappropriate behavior by a number of fans in attendance. We value the enthusiastic support of the sellout crowds at the Assembly Hall, but above all we take very seriously the reputation of our basketball program and the University of Illinois. The profanity and behavior by a small segment of fans Thursday night is disappointing and intolerable, and for that we apologize to fans of both teams.”

Missing: an actual apology to Gordon, who’s taken nothing but heat in Champaign-Urbana since he decided to go to Indiana. This is the second notable case of rowdy heckling getting what officials consider out of hand — note UCLA center Kevin Love’s encounter when he went back to his home state of Oregon and got verbally savaged by the crowd in the Pit.

Hell hath no fury like a fanbase spurned.