Arizona’s Sean Miller thinks court storming could cause violence

Thursday February 25th, 2016

Arizona head coach Sean Miller vocalized his opposition to court storming Wednesday, after his team fell to Colorado 75–72 on the road, according to 

“I have no problem being a great sport,” Miller said after watching Colorado fans storm the court. “But eventually what’s going to happen in the Pac-12 is this: An Arizona player is going to punch a fan, and they are going to punch the fan out of self-defense. And only when it happens will everyone take a deep breath and say, ‘We have to do something to protect both teams.’”

Miller’s team has been the subject of multiple court stormings over the last few years, with opposing fans streaming onto the court in 10 of Arizona’s last 11 road losses. 

Last season, Miller suggested that Arizona’s opponents be fined $100,000 if their fans stormed the court. His recommendation came in response to a court storming that turned chaotic following Kansas State’s upset of Kansas on Feb. 23 last season.

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Miller, however, does not believe a change will soon be made.

“It’s falling on deaf ears right now,” he said.

With three games remaining in the regular season, Arizona is 22–6 and in second place in the Pac-12 standings.

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