Monday, March 4, 2013

Court Storming The New Sequester

It’s the two words on everybody’s lips after last week’s Duke/Virginia game: Court storming.

According to ESPN, the ACC is expected to discuss the safety of court storming and whether an SEC-like penalty structure is warranted when the conference holds its spring meetings in May, at least one athletic director told ESPN.com last Friday.

The AD, who preferred not to be named while the process was ongoing, was reacting to Thursday night's court storming at Virginia when the Cavaliers beat Duke.

The SEC has a fine system of $5,000 for a first offense, $25,000 for a second, $50,000 for a third.
When the SEC adopted the penalty system in 2004 and the issue came up for debate within the ACC, there was no support for levying such a penalty. No other conference has a penalty like the SEC.

"If they don't bring it up, I promise you I will resurrect the discussion,'' the AD said.

A Duke official said later Friday that security stopped Duke players and staff at the Virginia bench while fans rushed the court as opposed to stopping the fans and allowing the Duke players and staff to get off the court. The Duke official said they had more than enough ushers to get the Duke players and staff off the court.

Duke has been stormed on at Miami, NC State, Maryland and Virginia. Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski expressed concern for his players' safety after the latest incident.

Virginia defended their efforts to keep Duke’s players and coaches safe.

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