Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby publicly reprimanded Kansas State University for failing to prevent its fans from storming the court after the Wildcats' 70–63 upset victory over eighth-ranked Kansas on Monday.
There were no injuries during the incident, but Kansas State police cited a student for disorderly conduct for forearming Kansas forward Jamari Traylor after the win. The student, Nathan Power, later apologized in a letter published by the school’s newspaper.
Bowlsby said that Kansas State’s policy on managing events “was unsuccessful in ensuring the safety and security of both game participants and spectators."
"Revisions to policies and procedures must guarantee that no future incidents occur," Bowlsby added, saying that the institutions in the conference need to reassess their procedures “in order to effectively and uniformly ensure the integrity of our contests, the security of the student-athletes and coaches, and the safety of the spectators."
The Big 12 conference does not have a rule that forbids fans from entering the playing field after games.
“We also do not have policies governing foul language and inappropriate chants within our venues,” Bowlsby said. “I have asked that discussions on both of these topics be placed on the agendas for the next meetings of the ADs and of the CEOs.”
The melee pinned Jayhawks coach Bill Self against a press table, and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend was seen putting a fan in a headlock and attempting to get the crowd away from his players after fans shouted profanities and made obscene gestures.
"The events following the KU vs. K-State game should be a call to action for all of us,” Bowlsby said.
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