With the conversation regarding whether or not fans should be allowed to rush the court following big wins, the Big 12 has reprimanded Kansas State for its issues following the basketball team’s win over Kansas Monday night. With there being multiple security issues surrounding the fans’ rushing onto the court, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby stated that the interactions were “inappropriate and unacceptable.”
Also of note in the statement is the fact that the conference presidents have plans to discuss the possibility of instituting conference-wide protocols for situations such as the one that occurred on Monday. Included in this is the conference not having rules regarding vulgar chants, which also occurred Monday night in Manhattan.
“The Big 12 Conference does not currently have a policy prohibiting spectators entering playing areas of our contests,” Bowlsby said in the release. “We also do not have policies governing foul language and inappropriate chants within our venues. I have asked that discussions on both of these topics be placed on the agendas for the next meetings of the ADs and of the CEOs.
“In the meantime, all conference institutions are reminded to reassess game management procedures in order to effectively and uniformly ensure the integrity of our contests, the security of the student-athletes and coaches, and the safety of the spectators, Bowlsby continued. “Maintenance of a sportslike environment around our contests is among the most important responsibilities shared by our members and enforced by the conference office. The events following the KU vs. K-State game should be a call to action for all of us.”
Wednesday afternoon Kansas State Police Department announced that Nathan Power, the student who ran onto the court and intentionally bumped into Kansas forward Jamari Traylor, has been issued a notice to appear in court on a charge of disorderly conduct.
Regardless of which side of the court-storming argument folks belong to, there are some issues to address when it comes to the safety of all who are on the court at that time. The SEC currently fines schools when fans rush, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Big 12 considered making a similar move in the near future.