Coach K: 'Not All Fun and Games' When Students Rush Court
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) will look into whether students should be allowed to rush the court after victories after Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski expressed his annoyance that he and his players were not given time to leave the court before students stormed it.
He said students who rush the court after beating highly-ranked teams like Duke could cause incidents that could tarnish the sport and potentially hurt teams, especially if players from the losing team who are incited respond in kind. especially if a Duke player who is incited responds in kind.
"Look, do you know how close you are to--just put yourself in the position of one of our players or coaches," Krzyzewski said on Thursday, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. "I'm not saying any fan did this, but the potential is there all the time for a fan to just go up to you and say, 'Coach, you're a [expletive],' or push you or hit you. And what do you do? What if you did something? That would be the story. We deserve that type of protection."
After Duke lost at Virginia on Thursday, Virginia fans stormed the court. The same thing happened when Duke lost at Miami, Maryland, and N.C. State earlier in the year.
"I'm always concerned about stuff like that, especially at this time of the year. What if that happened and we get a kid suspended? That becomes the national story," he continued. "It's not all fun and games when people are rushing the court, especially for the team that lost. Again, congratulations to them, and they should have fun and burn benches and do all that stuff. I'm all for that. They have a great school, great kids, but get us off the court. That's the bottom line."
According to ESPN, the ACC will look into the matter in the spring and determine if they will begin to fine schools--like the SEC does--if their students rush the court.