While watching the Kansas State students and fans storm the court after their teams 70-63 victory over rival Kansas University, I could only reflect back to January 12, 2013.
On that date at the PNC arena in Raleigh, NC the NC State men’s basketball team defeated the No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils 84-76.
Their victory over the Blue Devils was overshadowed by the storming of the court by some Wolfpack students and fans!
Will Privette, who was an NC State student at the time and was in a wheel chair decided to join in on the celebration. The situation got out of control very quickly and if not for the alertness of former Wolfpack basketball player, CJ Leslie lifting Privette up to safety, he could have been trampled to death!
Also on Monday night instead of K-State’s great comeback victory over the No. 8 ranked team in the nation, their fans version of storming the court was the major news and rightfully so!
During this incident, KU coach Bill Self and his players were placed in very dangerous situations, since according to K-State AD, John Currie stated that security staff were out of position and were overwhelmed by the fans rushing the floor. He did issue an apology on behalf of K-State University officials and himself, but enough is enough!
KU forward Jamari Traylor was fortunate not to be injured while a young man elbowed him while he was trying to exit the court.
In fact the situation got so out of control that Jayhawks assistant Kurtis Townsend had to briefly place a K-state fan in a headlock to protect KU players!
After all of this you would think that the NCAA would take immediate action! Remember, if you’re not a school with name recognition and can’t fight back, the NCAA usually isn’t interested in rebuking you!
NCAA spokesman David Worlock stated there are no national rules against court storming but that conferences and individual schools are expected to provide sufficient security!
What did the Big 12 Conference have to say about all of this? The incident is under review. God only knows what that means!
You would think the NCAA and the Power 5 conferences would be more interested in putting more safety measures in place than just simply reviewing an incident and waiting on the subject of ‘Storming the Court’ to die down!
I guess when an incident escalates to a tragedy of epic proportions, then something will get done!
Update: As of Wednesday February 25 Big 12 Commissioner, Bob Bowlsby publicly reprimanded Kansas State for failing to prevent the K-State fans and students from storming the court!