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Published: Sunday, March 2 2014 7:29 p.m. MST

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Kristjhn
Bountiful, UT

This is an odd article. Sorenson says rushing the field should be curbed "for the safety of the athletes as well as the fans" then fails to convince that the athletes and fans are in danger. If there were really a safety issue Sorenson should be able to cite multiple examples. But he doesn't. Why? My guess is because there is no there there.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

What needs to be addressed is players and coaches who can't handle the pressure and blow a gasket when they don't win. Coaching examples are Bobby Knight throwing the chair and Woody Hayes punching out the opposite team's defender who intercepted a pass. While they is a lot of stress, disciplined players and coached NEVER react poorly, even though disappointed in the outcome. Some are boorish but don't start throwing punches. Arguing with the umpire and hockey fights are the norm.

The media shares in the blame, too, as TV cameras look for any weirdo that they can place on the TV screen for viewers. Thousands behave themselves and the obtuse, profane or unsightly get all the press. In football you seldom see what the officials are doing, instead you always see the running back walking back into the huddle. And who always shows the gatoraide bath? The media....

Fans do get enthusiastic, too, but some schools turn a blind eye to safety of visiting fans and teams. I'd be more specific but it wouldn't get printed.

Hawkeye79
Iowa City, IA

@ Kristjhn

Did you miss where the article pointed out a fan whose face was bloodied when hit by a goalpost? What about the multiple references to the athlete/fan fighting after the UVU game? Or were those details added later?

More importantly, there would still be wisdom in preventing a situation that can clearly be dangerous even without a litany of horror stories. You know what they say about an ounce of prevention...

Aguia
Logan, UT

@Kristjhn

Simple google search of "injuries rushing the court" found:

Joe Kay: Paralyzed after people rushed the court

Megan Dills: Trampled. Torn tendons, sprained ankles.

Erica Tuft: Taken away on a stretcher with suspected neck injury. Friend had multiple teeth knocked out.

Took me one minute to find these.

Eliot
Genola, UT

I have read the disciplinary action was taken against the NMSU player who through the ball at the UVU player. I am wondering if any action will be taken by UVU against fans who rushed onto the court and participated in the brawl.

runnerguy50
Virginia Beach, Va

So a basketball player throws a basketball at opposing player after the game ends and players from same team assaults fans and the solution is to stop fans from rushing the court ?

Hochmut
West Jordan, UT

Watched the court storming of Virginia students as they beat Syracuse Saturday and there was no problems at all. Classy school and their security was very prepared as they walled off the players and coaches with a baracade of security staff and this allowed the teams to move off the court during the game end--was done very nicely. Congrats to the Cavs.

81Ute
Central, UT

@Kristjhn
I agree with you. Here is the real issue: He was at the game, he felt fear therefore we have a problem.

krickett
St. George, Utah

I cannot believe there is one person in favor of storming the court. Am I from a different planet?

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