Crazed Fan Runs Confronts Hawaii Coach, Is Shoved Away By Players
Courtstorming remains a hot topic in the college basketball world, with factions divided on the merits of overjoyed fans rushing onto the hardwood to celebrate big wins. But both sides can find common ground — along with the rest of humanity — in their hatred of this jabronie who ran onto the court during the first half of last night’s UC Santa Barbara-Hawaii game.
After officials assessed a technical foul on Rainbow Warriors coach Gib Arnold, this moron decided it would be a good idea get up in his face. The unwelcome guest was immediately shoved by Hawaii players before cockily retreating into the stands, where he was immediately arrested.
The incident comes a week after an ugly brawl involving Utah Valley fans and New Mexico State players.
Arnold, to his credit, seemed to take the insanity in stride.
“It doesn’t concern me,” Arnold said. “It’s rare. I hope security would be better. The guy was wasted and in a different world. It is what it is. You can’t control crazies. That’s why they’re crazy.”
So what’s going to happen to the crazy?
UC Santa Barbara spokesman Bill Mahoney said the man, who the school believed was a student, was arrested by campus police. Mahoney, who did not identify the fan, said he could face discipline and could be expelled if he is a student.
“Historically when things like this happen, the student, who was arrested, would go in front of Judicial Affairs, which is part of Student Affairs,” Mahoney said in an email to ESPN. “The extent of his punishment would be speculation, but I would doubt it will be mild.”