Posted March 01, 2013

Report: ACC to discuss court storming

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The ACC will discuss fans storming the court in May. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

The ACC will discuss fans storming the court in May. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)

The Atlantic Coast Conference is expected to discuss the safety of fans storming the basketball court after upset victories and whether a penalty structure is warranted when the conference holds spring meetings in May, reports ESPN.com.

The latest court-storming incident came last night when unranked Virginia defeated third-ranked Duke 73-68 in Charlottesville.  Duke’s losses on the road this season has caused fans to come onto the court at Miami, North Carolina State, Maryland and Virginia.

The Southeastern Conference came up with a penalty system in 2004 where the school is fined $5,000 for a first offense, $25,000 for a second, $50,000 for a third court-storming offense. The SEC is the only conference in the nation that has that rule.

“Look, do you know how close you are to — just put yourself in the position of one of our players or coaches,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “I’m not saying any fan did this, but the potential is there all the time for a fan to just go up to you and say, ‘Coach, you’re a [expletive],’ or push you or hit you. And what do you do? What if you did something? That would be the story. We deserve that type of protection.”


2 comments
jayboog68
jayboog68

We are hearing about this because it's Duke. Maybe the ACC should look at the referees. Had they helped Duke win, like they usually do, this wouldn't even be a topic of conversation. 

DavidLarew
DavidLarew

There was tons of security, Google the video and you will see a wall of yellow protecting the Duke team and the coach. This is college basketball. Maybe it is time for Coach K to head to the pros if he can't handle losing with better class.