It appears that Saturday’s season opener between North Dakota State and Montana had some post-game drama. Per a local news report, a Montana fan approached Bison running back Chase Morlock and grabbed his facemask, causing Morlock to shove said fan away. Of course, the moment was captured on social media.
NDSU put out a brief statement on the matter.
“Morlock did not throw a punch, but did push the individual away to continue exiting the field. Morlock will not face suspension or other punishment from NDSU for this incident.”
Montana’s athletic department also put out a statement, which was reported by Jeff Kolpack of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
“Grizzly Athletics considers incidents involving spectators and players inexcusable, and is a matter that is taken very seriously,” the statement continued. “Grizzly Athletics would like to apologize to NDSU’s players, coaches and staff for this regrettable incident that puts a negative mark on an otherwise outstanding game.”
Montana will conduct its own investigation into the incident, but it will likely reach the same conclusion that fans have known for years. When rushing the field after a big win, messing with the players in any way, shape or form is NOT OK. Yes, sometimes excitement takes over, but getting players involved, particularly ones from the losing team, is a bit out of line.
Campus Sports will update this story if any new information becomes available.