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.