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Big 12 reprimands Kansas State following court storming

K-State fans rush the court Monday night in Manhattan as K-State defeated 8th ranked Kansas 70-63. Its the second straight year Kansas was handed a loss in Manhattan.(February 23, 2015)
K-State fans rush the court Monday night in Manhattan as K-State defeated 8th ranked Kansas 70-63. Its the second straight year Kansas was handed a loss in Manhattan.(February 23, 2015) KansasCity

The Big 12 Conference issued a public reprimand to Kansas State for its handling of the postgame following the Wildcats’ 70-63 upset victory over No. 8 Kansas on Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum.

As students flooded the floor in celebration, security was unable to keep the crowd back before the players and coaches could shake hands and leave the court. One student was cited for disorderly conduct after he appeared to deliberately make contact with KU player Jamari Traylor while running on the court.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowslby said the league would look into prohibiting spectators from entering the playing field, which the Southeastern Conference punishes with a $5,000 fine against schools for a first offense.

“I am grateful for the immediate and professional engagement of the leadership at Kansas State University regarding the game management issues experienced after the game,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a release. “Having stated that, the interaction of spectators with players, coaches, and staff members was inappropriate and unacceptable.”

Bowlsby also addressed profane chants directed at KU that could be heard during the game broadcast.

“I have asked that discussions on both of these topics be placed on the agendas for the next meetings of the ADs and of the CEOs. … The events following the KU vs. K-State game should be a call to action for all of us.”

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