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Court-storming debate heats up after journalist is hurt following Iowa State victory

Iowa State fans celebrated on the court at Hilton Coliseum after the Cyclones beat Iowa 83-82 on Thursday.
Iowa State fans celebrated on the court at Hilton Coliseum after the Cyclones beat Iowa 83-82 on Thursday. The Associated Press

Following No. 4 Iowa State’s 83-82 win over instate rival Iowa on Thursday night set off a debate almost immediately after the game ended.

Cyclones fans charged the court at Hilton Coliseum following the win and in the ensuing chaos, Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register fell and broke his leg.

Here is what Peterson tweeted:

Someone slowed down the video and showed when Peterson was knocked to the court (warning: there is dumb commentary in the audio):

Nevertheless, court storming has been a hot topic on Friday. However, the issue is not new to the Big 12.

In February, fans charged the court at Bramlage Coliseum after Kansas State beat Kansas. KU coach Bill Self and K-State coach Bruce Weber were pinned against the scorer’s table and a fan bumped Jamari Traylor.

After meeting with the Big 12’s athletic directors in March, league commissioner Bob Bowlsby talked about court storming.

“We are going to put a committee together that is going to work on it and come back to us with some recommendations,” Bowlsby said at the time. “We didn’t take the step where we are going to implement a fine structure or have a hard-and-fast policy or if we are going to leave it that schools have the responsibility to get teams and officials off the court.”

Just a guess here, but the issue will be revisited again.

The debate about whether or not it was OK for students to storm the court has continued. Here are some of the people who were fine with it:

Here were some thoughts against court storming, particularly considering the Cyclones were the only ranked team playing in the game:

Here is the most spot-on analysis I found of the issue:

So, what are your thoughts on this? Vote in the poll below and feel free to leave a comment as well.

 

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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