Hanner Mosquera-Perea's suspension has not yet been defined, but he is expected to miss his second consecutive game Saturday night at Northwestern. Mosquera-Perea was arrested early on the morning of Feb. 14 and was charged with DWI-endangerment for operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level above .15.
Indiana coach Tom Crean was asked on Friday morning's teleconference about Mosquera-Perea and his suspension, and he declined to specifically talk about the suspension itself or how long it will last. He did, however, speak at length about the ongoing discipline.
Crean said Mosquera-Perea's uncle flew to the United States to make sure everyone was "unified" in what they wanted and how they are going to get it.
"I'm not going to get into his suspension, but as far as his discipline, that is going on daily," Crean said. "The bottom line is we help him get to a place where he understands what he's capable where it's not so much what you could have lost, but what you are capable of when you make the right decisions. That's the discipline. It's the old Lou Holtz. Discipline is not something you do to someone, it's something you do for someone. I think that's living proof right now. He's doing all the basketball things that we do, but he's also doing some extra things. We structure his days around that and staying with the rules that we have and time frames and all of that kind of stuff.
"He's making progress and it's not anything that will be seen, where maybe we can see the progress immediately, but I have no doubt that we're working towards long-term progress for him. When I say long-term, the suspension and the discipline are two different things. That's kind of how I break that up."
Crean said his team was affected mentally and emotionally by Mosquera-Perea's arrest, and it showed at Purdue last Saturday. Indiana lost the game 82-64.
"Hanner is very, very well-liked person in that locker room and this team and has been down the line with these guys on a lot of different things," Crean said. "That's human beings being human beings. We tried to make sure we that we changed it up, freshened it up and stayed focused on the things that could be controlled and have an incredibly positive energy about what we're doing. Not a looseness, not a flippancy, not a laissez-faire attitude, but a very, very positive energy with our intensity."