Big 12 notebook: Coaches weigh in on storming the court

What should be done about fans who try to run onto the court after an upset victory? Should there be a policy in place?
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: March 4, 2013

Oklahoma State men's basketball coach Travis Ford sees nothing wrong with storming the court.

Texas coach Rick Barnes can't stand them.

What should be done about fans who try to run onto the court after an upset victory? Should there be a policy in place? What about injuries to players and fans?

The Big 12 coaches weighed in during Monday's Big 12 Conference call.

While a majority of coaches said they believe there does need to be a plan in place that allows the opposing team to get off the floor safely, Barnes said it shouldn't be allowed at all.

“I've never liked it,” he said. “I didn't want our guys to ever think things were huge upsets. Act like you expect to win. What you're really doing is you're really paying respect to the other team.”

Barnes said when he was a coach at Providence, an altercation came out of fans storming the court.

“I'm not one for it because I've seen some things happen that aren't good for the game,” Barnes said. “It's just something that good doesn't come from.”

However, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said he saw a bad thing “a time or two” from a court storm but the conference has “got a lot bigger concerns than that honestly.”

Ford stood firm on seeing nothing wrong with storming the court.

“I understand a lot of the concerns, but you could start getting into a lot of other stuff as well,” Ford said. “I think it's an exciting time for the fans and the interaction for the fans to be a part of the game. I think it's an exciting part of the game.”

WILL PLAYER OF THE YEAR COME FROM BIG 12?

 Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford believes Marcus Smart is one of the best players in the country.

Monday, he made his case:

“This young man, obviously he affects the game in so many ways,” Ford said. “We ask him to score. We ask him to get assists. We ask him to get steals. We ask him to guard for 94 feet, and he does all this at a very, very high rate and a very high efficiency. He's just a young man that really affects the game.”

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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