Minnesota stormed the court last week after beating Maryland for its first Big Ten win of the season. After Colorado beat Arizona on Wednesday night, the court was stormed too, leading to the following postgame comments from Wildcats head coach Sean Miller
"Eventually what's going to happen in the Pac-12 is this," Miller said, as transcribed by Ezra Amacher of The Daily Wildcat. "An Arizona player is going to punch a fan, and they are going to punch the fan out of self-defense. And when it happens -- and only when it happens -- will everyone take a deep breath and say, 'We have to do something to protect both teams so that when the game ends we have a deep breath to be able to leave the court.'"
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It has been a point of contention (and rightfully so) for coaches. Think of it this way. Coaches want their players as far away as possible from any situation that could turn ugly. An incident with a fan would lead to a suspension and coaches across the country can't afford that at this point in the season.
Remember Kansas-Kansas State last season? A court storm in Manhattan pinned Kansas coach Bill Self against the scorers table and a fan bumped Kansas forward Jamari Traylor.
To his credit, Traylor kept his cool and the situation did not escalate. But what if he hadn't? You could have expected a lot to be said about him when there were other system failures that allowed fans to be that close to him in the first place.
The fault in the national conversation almost always gets put on the player.
Take a look at the video below of the court storm at Minnesota after the Gophers beat Maryland. There were no issues, but you can see the type of situation that Miller is warning against -- proximity.
In the upper right corner of the screen, fans storming the floor and passing right next to Maryland senior Jake Layman and junior Damonte Dodd.
Does Sean Miller have a point?