Kansas coach Bill Self said more needs to be done about safety of college basketball players after Kansas State fans rushed the court after Kansas State’s 70-63 upset of the Jayhawks on Monday.
Kansas coach Bill Self said more needs to be done about safety of players after Kansas State fans rushed the court at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan following Kansas State’s 70-63 victory over the Jayhawks on Monday.
When the fans rushed onto the court after the final buzzer, Self found himself pinned near the scorer’s table as he attempted to leave the floor.
Video shows Kansas State fans running into Kansas players during the scrum and appeared to show Kansas assistant coach Kurtis Townsend putting a fan in a headlock and attempting to get the crowd away from his players.
"I wasn’t nervous for me," Self said, according to the Kansas City Star. "There were several students that hit our players. I’m not saying like with a fist, but when you storm the court, you run in, you bump everybody, stuff like that. This has got to stop."
Self said he was not against fans coming onto the court after the game, but was not pleased about the way security was handled during the court-storming.
Kansas State athletic director John Currie apologized to the Kansas basketball team saying that the school’s security failed to get into the proper position quickly enough to prevent fans from coming onto the court. He said that security personnel successfully executed a plan when Kansas State beat Kansas last year and in 2011.
Currie said the school is reviewing its procedures, consulting with law enforcement to improve gameday security and are receiving "video and working in concert with law enforcement to identify any fan who intentionally touched visiting players or personnel."
"We will take appropriate action with such identified persons, including turning over all evidence to law enforcement so that any applicable charges can be filed," Currie said in a statement.
Kansas State University's police department posted a photo on Twitter on Tursday asking for help in identifying a fan seen standing near freshman forward Jamari Traylor during the court-storming. The department later announced that it is no longer looking for the fan.
"It’s fine if you want to celebrate when you beat us, that’s your business," Self said. "That’s fine. But at least it shouldn’t put anybody at risk from a safety standpoint. Somebody is going to hit a player, the player is going to retaliate, you're going to have lawsuits—it's not right. At least (celebrate) around center court."
Kansas (22-6, 11-4 Big 12) next takes on Texas at home on Saturday and maintains a half-game lead over No. 12 Iowa State in the Big 12 despite the loss. Kansas State (14-15, 7-9) plays on Saturday against the Cyclones.