Think of it as “time-out” — for college students.

Xavier University is requiring students who attended the now infamous Crosstown Shootout against the University of Cincinnati to attend “reflection sessions.”

The students chanted “F#$% UC!” as the visiting team exited the floor after a brawl touched off by the taunts and provocations of XU guard “Tu” Hollaway.

If anyone needs a reflection session, it’s XU coach Chris Mack, who kept his starting lineup in the game to the end despite the lopsided score and did not try to ease the obvious tensions between the teams. He also insisted upon “contextualizing” Holloway’s description of himself and his fellow teammates as “gangsters.” Let it suffice to say that the XU basketball program is a pale imitation of what it was under Skip Prosser.

An email from Xavier Dean of Students Luther G. Smith sent Thursday to Xavier students indicates that students who were in attendance for the Musketeers’ Crosstown Shootout win against Cincinnati will be required to attend a “reflection session” about the brawl that occurred in the game’s closing moments in order to attend Xavier basketball games for the remainder of the season.

Here’s an excerpt from Smith’s email:

The student section contributed to the hostile atmosphere that charged the arena with unsportsmanlike conduct through unacceptable chanting, verbal expletives, and objects being thrown onto the arena floor. As a Jesuit, Catholic university, the behaviors demonstrated are not becoming of its students and is in conflict with the mission, values, and standards of Xavier University.

The letter indicates that students who were in attendance for the game must attend one of three reflection sessions next week. Students who don’t attend one of the sessions will be ineligible to receive men’s basketball home game tickets for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.

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