Everyone has differing opinions on court storming. Some believe it is dangerous, pointless or simply should not be allowed, while others believe fans should be fans and given the opportunity to celebrate.
For Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball coach Sean Miller, court storming is something that needs to end before a player clocks a fan in the face.
Miller sounded off on the issue after Arizona lost to Colorado on Wednesday night before the Buffaloes fans stormed the court. One of Miller’s players was bumped, reacted and Miller was clearly unhappy.
“Eventually what’s going to happen in the Pac-12 is this: An Arizona player is going to punch a fan,” Miller said, via The Arizona Daily Star. “And they’re going to punch the fan out of self-defense. And when it happens, only when it happens, will everybody say `We have to do something so that when the game ends we have a deep breath to be able to leave the court. Or at least shake the other team’s hand and then get to our locker room.’”
“And then if the court wants to be stormed, fine. But until that happens, it’s fallen on deaf ears because there’s only one team right now that the court’s stormed on and for three consecutive years anytime we lose a game on the road it’s the same. Some are more under control, some aren’t. But if 7-foot, 250–pound Kaleb Tarzcewski gets bumped literally three seconds after the game ends and he retaliates, what would be the response of our conference? What would be the response? If more teams were having the court stormed on them, I wouldn’t be the only guy who’s bringing it up.”
“There’s no sport—football, any sport in the country, professional, major league, whatever, where this happens to the level it happens. And what I mean is it’s literally within five seconds you have a mad rush on the court before our players can even leave the court.”
Miller is less worried about himself, because he feels he would be able to control his emotions. It all comes down to keeping the players and the fans safe.
“I’m going to be fine,” Miller added. “Somebody can say whatever they want to me — spit, do whatever you want — but I’m worried about the players who are under my direction. If we lose fine, let us get off the court, at least have some substance and control so that our guys aren’t in a situation where a lawsuit could come because when that comes, then and only then, will everybody pay attention.”
“But it’s falling on deaf ears right now. I don’t know what other conferences are doing but if there is a fine, I’m pretty sure there wouldn’t be people just storming over the bench within five seconds of the victory.”
While you may not agree with Miller on a number of issues, this is one he is spot on with. It’s time to end court storming. And now.
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