Tom Crean: 'I apologized' to Meyer

Indiana coach Tom Crean said Monday that he apologized to Jeff Meyer for his heated exchange with the Michigan assistant after the Hoosiers' 72-71 victory over the Wolverines on Sunday to secure the outright Big Ten regular-season crown.

On a conference call Monday, Crean addressed the "professional misunderstanding" he had with Meyer.

"On the way to the plane, I talked to him on the telephone. We discussed a couple of things and I apologized. In retrospect, I wish I had never addressed anything after the heat of battle in a game, but I did and we move on. End of story," he said.

Crean had to be restrained during the exchange with Meyer, who was an Indiana assistant on Kelvin Sampson's staff from 2006 to '08. Crean can be heard on a video of the incident yelling to Meyer, "You know what you did. You helped wreck our program."

Crean was hired by Indiana in 2008 and inherited a program hampered by NCAA sanctions as a result of violations under Sampson's watch.

Michigan did not make Meyer available to comment to the media Sunday. He was cleared by the NCAA of wrongdoing at Indiana in regard to major violations. He recruits the state of Indiana heavily for John Beilein's team.

Beilein on Monday said he didn't see the incident happen after the game but watched the video after "it became an issue." He wouldn't confirm that Crean called Meyer to apologize.

"Jeff and I discussed it afterwards. I'm not going to comment on another coach or another university. I will say Michigan is always going to win with class and lose with class," he said. "I am really proud of the way Jeff showed great poise in the aftermath of that loss."

Beilein also credited Meyer, who has been with him at Michigan since 2008, for helping him to build the Michigan program "brick-by-brick."

Crean endured three losing seasons with the Hoosiers before leading Indiana to a 27-9 mark last season. This season he helped Indiana (26-5) achieve the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press poll (the Hoosiers currently are ranked No. 2) and its first outright Big Ten regular-season title in two decades.

ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil and WolverineNation's Michael Rothstein contributed to this report.