I know that I'm in a very small minority here, but I feel like the punishments doled out to players on Xavier and Cincinnati after their brawl on Saturday were fair or even excessive. Anybody who has seen one of their teammates get a punch thrown at him should know that coming to the defense of a teammate comes so naturally that it is almost a reflex.
This is not the time to guilt trip the players, because after all, they're only kids. What it is time to do is take a look in the mirror and wonder why there's a need by some in the media to call for such punitive sanctions after a lapse in judgement that lasts for only seconds. The moral circle jerk by members of the media sickens me even more than the brawl itself because I've come to expect it, and that's far more troubling than something that is spur of the moment and affected by real emotions. Just be thankful that after the fight, the involved players didn't also test positive for performance enhancing drugs.