West Virginia “Gathering Information” On Post-Game Incident

West Virginia “Gathering Information” On Post-Game Incident


West Virginia University’s athletic department has released a brief statement on yesterday’s post-game incident at Texas Tech. Videos of that appear to show an altercation between WVU sophomore Wesley Harris and Texas Tech fans storming the court following the Red Raiders’ 72-71 win.

“We have been in contact with the Big 12 conference and Texas Tech and are gathering information regarding yesterday’s court storming in Lubbock,” the released statement said.

Video of the incident shows Harris and an unidentified fan coming in contact, with Harris extending his arms, as fans ran onto the court.

The Big 12 Conference gives league commissioner Bob Bowlsby “broad authority” to implement rules and dish out penalties for court storming. Those powers were enacted at league meetings in May, 2015, following an incident involving Kansas and Kansas State. According to league rules, it is the responsibility of the home team to have adequate security in place to protect players, coaches and other team personnel from fans in the event of a court storm.

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  • #46178
    Kevin Kinder
    Kevin Kinder
    Muskets:

    West Virginia “Gathering Information” On Post-Game Incident West Virginia University’s athletic department has released a brief statement on yesterday
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    #46190
    Kevin Kinder
    Kevin Kinder
    Muskets:

    Not excusing any WVU actions here, but not sure if I would call what I see in the video a “punch” or a “shove. We’ve linked two videos here, more could be made available to the Big 12.

    we’ve reached out to the Big 12 for more info on their written policies. The biggest one is that the home team is responsible for the safety of the teams.

    Again, that doesn’t excuse any actions by if they are determined to be out of bounds.

    #46198
    Greg Hunter
    Greg Hunter
    Muskets:

    I’ll be very interested to know the Big 12 response. I know that people like to say fans will be fans, and storming the court or field is just a fun thing to do. But this is why only those that belong on the court/field should be there. Actually, it could have been a lot worse. This is a warning for Texas Tech and all other schools; if you want to be “big time,” make sure you have proper security. It may be hard to keep the fans from storming the court, but there’s no reason there shouldn’t have been a ring of a dozen security people surrounding the visiting team. Two or three security people, only one of whom tried to intervene, is not proper security.

    #46216

    mexman
    Muskets:

    Not excusing any WVU actions here, but not sure if I would call what I see in the video a “punch” or a “shove. We’ve linked two videos here, more could be made available to the Big 12.

    we’ve reached out to the Big 12 for more info on their written policies. The biggest one is that the home team is responsible for the safety of the teams.

    Again, that doesn’t excuse any actions by if they are determined to be out of bounds.

    Not sure how you can see Harris’ action as anything other than a punch or shove. Seems pretty clear.

    Sags uses that to move toward the fans and start something? Deplorable behavior and just more of his immaturity. When he gets his emotions under control he is going to be an absolute stud. Until then…

    #46217

    Ccteam
    Muskets:

    Not a good look for the Mountaineers. Just can’t do that.

    #46219
    Butlereer
    Butlereer
    Muskets:

    Fans storming the court. They get up close to WVU players. One fan bumps? gives a shoulder? to WVU player as he walks by and you expect the player to do nothing? Reaction by WVU player? Yes. You have no way of knowing if the fan said anything to the player. No way the fans should have been that close to the players. No way.

    #46259

    Ccteam
    Muskets:

    The smart move is to do nothing. First, a player has much more to lose than some red neck fan. Second, you are outnumbered by about a thousand to one. Just dumb. Don’t do it.

    #46263
    Butlereer
    Butlereer
    Muskets:

    When was the last time you saw a smart teen/twenty something in college? Lots of emotion in this game. From the bad calls from the Zebras to the lack of security when the TT fans couldn’t control themselves and storming a court when they are #8 beating #2. It isn’t like this was the FF Dance game. TT administration has the responsibility to keep the opposing team and coaches safe. They FAILED to do so. The NCAA has the responsibility to put competent refs on the floor. They FAILED to do so.

    I’m not excusing any adverse reaction by any player, but there were a lot of circumstances leading up to the reaction.

    #46288

    Ccteam
    Muskets:

    Agreed. TT should be held accountable for lack of crowd control in a situation where they should have anticipated the potential for a court storming. No doubt about it. But that doesn’t excuse poor judgement on Harris’s part. I get that he is a kid and in an emotional spot. But too much at stake in that situation. It could have gotten very ugly. Hopefully steps will be taken on both sides to ensure safety in the future.

    #46293
    Butlereer
    Butlereer
    Muskets:

    Just reported that Harris gets a verbal hand slap reprimand from the B12. TT gets a $25,000 fine and a beat down for not controlling the situation.

    Now, will Bobby sit Harris or at least not let him start or play the first half? We’ll see.

    #46299

    Ccteam
    Muskets:

    Good decision by the Big 12. Harris reacted badly but root cause was poor crowd control.

    #46308
    Greg Hunter
    Greg Hunter
    Muskets:

    I’m a little surprised that the Big 12 didn’t discipline Harris in some way. I didn’t think he’d be suspended for a long period, but I was anticipating a game. Sounds to me like the Big 12 judged Texas Tech’s crowd control much more to fault for the situation than Harris.

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