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.
A West Virginia player threw a punch at a fan after the Texas Tech crowd stormed the court pic.twitter.com/rVfA0J2uRv
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