As Texas Tech was celebrating its huge home win against West Virginia on Saturday, it appears that a Mountaineers player might have punched one of the Texas Tech fans who rushed the floor.
According to a video from Twitter user Matt Embry, some sort of altercation happened where it appears that a West Virginia player takes a swing at a Texas Tech fan who is running by. Because Embry took his video from the upper deck, it’s very tough to specify which player might be involved and how in-depth the altercation truly was. But you can clearly see from the video that some sort of incident occurred.
Sports Illustrated took Embry’s video and zoomed in on the incident in question in order to get a better look.
UPDATE: Another angle of the punch has surfaced:
Court storming has been a controversial subject throughout college basketball the past few years as player and coach safety has been called into question.
The Big 12 even passed some measures in 2015 that gave league commissioner Bob Bowlsby “broad authority” to punish schools in the form of fines or the forfeiture of future home games if fans took to the floor. The decision came after Kansas head coach Bill Self was concerned about his team following a loss to in-state rival Kansas State in which one of the Jayhawks was targeted by a Wildcat fan. During that same season, an Iowa State beat reporter suffered a broken leg as Cyclones fans stormed the floor after beating in-state rival Iowa.
Texas Tech is also no stranger to fan incidents with opposing players after former Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart shoved a Red Raiders fan.
While it’s hard to speculate on this direct incident since we don’t have more knowledge, this is probably going to lead to a week of court-storming discussions as the sport once again tries to figure out how to safely deal with opposing players and coaches who need to leave the floor.