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Should Colleges Ban Basketball Fans From Storming The Court After Big Wins?

Submitted by on February 24, 2015 – 10:56 amNo Comment

Storming the court is a college basketball tradition. For years now, decades even, fans have stormed the court after big upset wins in order to celebrate with their favorite teams. It doesn’t happen at the pro level and it typically doesn’t happen in sports other than basketball and sometimes football, but court-storming is something that fans have come to know and love. It adds to all of the excitement surrounding college hoops and March Madness, and it would be weird not to see it anymore. But after what happened following a game between Kansas and Kansas State last night, there’s a good chance that storming the court could be outlawed at some point in the near future.

Following the game, which Kansas State won 80-73, hundreds and hundreds of K-State fans piled onto their home court to celebrate. Their team is just 14-15 on the season, so the win over Kansas provided them with a rare happy moment. But that moment was spoiled by a few fans who got out of hand. One shoulder checked a Kansas player, while another talked some trash to a group of Kansas players near their bench. And the scene went from celebratory to chaotic in a matter of moments. It was so crazy that, after the game, Kansas coach Bill Self questioned why court-storming is still allowed.

“You’re asking for big problems,” he said. “Because somebody’s going to hit a player, and the player’s going to retaliate, and you’re going to have lawsuits and cases, and it’s just not right. There’s just no place to be unsafe. If you do it, at least do it around center court. Don’t do it at the other bench.”

And while we love the tradition of court-storming, we have to agree with Self here. No fans or players were injured during last night’s celebration. But at some point in the near future, someone is going to end up getting hurt—and it’s going to result in a lawsuit and a bunch of bad press for some unlucky school. So colleges need to do one of two things: Either ban court-storming completely or find a much better way to control it. Opposing players and coaches need to be able to get off the floor before it takes place. Otherwise, there’s going to be trouble in the future and it’s going to lead to court-storming getting banned once and for all.

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