Dayton was the cinderella of the 2014 NCAA tournament.
The No. 11 seed Flyers knocked off Ohio State, Syracuse and Stanford en route to the Elite 8, where they were dropped one game short of reaching the Final Four by Florida. The run netted head coach Archie Miller a nice raise, it turned the Flyers into a team that will get votes in the preseason top 25 and it turned the Dayton campus into the nation’s single-best party.
But those parties turned out to be quite expensive.
According to a report from the Dayton Daily News and WHIO-TV, the riots on the nights of March 22nd, March 27th and March 29th — the Round of 32 win, the Sweet 16 win and the Elite 8 loss, respectively — resulted in more than $57,000 in overtime being paid out to police officers that were forced into crowd control mode.
Most of the money was paid out by the Dayton Police Department, as the city itself incurred more than $35,000 of that bill. But in total, 350 officers from 13 jurisdictions were called in to work extra hours to make sure that the Dayton students didn’t completely burn the campus down.
Here’s the kicker: the university isn’t going to foot the bill.
That burden is falling on city taxpayers, and while that sounds a bit unfair, keep this in mind: of the 32 people that were arrested and charged on those three nights, only 13 were actually Dayton students.
In other words, taxpayers will be footing the bill, but there were a lot of taxpayers that ran up that tab, too.
Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.
“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”
The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.
Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.
Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.
On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.
“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.
“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.
“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”
Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.
For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.
Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.