Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Big 12 reprimands KU for football fans’ field-storming

Other universities fined for similar incidents

Fans charge the field and congratulate players after KU defeated Texas Tech 37-34 Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Fans charge the field and congratulate players after KU defeated Texas Tech 37-34 Saturday at Memorial Stadium.


The Big 12 Conference reminded football fans Wednesday evening that it frowns upon them celebrating their favorite team’s victory on the field.

A few days after such postgame parties spilled out of the bleachers and onto the playing surfaces at three different venues, the conference office issued a public reprimand to the University of Kansas, Kansas State and TCU for how each institution handled “field-storming incidents” after home victories this past Saturday.

The Big 12 fined both K-State and TCU $25,000, while KU was not fined.

The Big 12 cited its principles and standards of sportsmanship while announcing its reprimand.

“Our institutions have a duty to provide a safe game environment,” the Big 12’s commissioner, Bob Bowlsby, stated in a release.

“Although the Big 12 does not currently have a policy prohibiting spectators from entering playing areas for postgame celebrations,” Bowlsby stated, “it is of utmost importance that home game management provide adequate security measures for our student-athletes, coaches, game officials and spectators.  That expectation includes providing safe passage from the playing field to the locker room, and protection of the visiting team bench area.”


Micky Baker 1 year, 5 months ago

Ya think if KU beat either Texas or Oklahoma, they wouldn't have been fined? What do they think KU fans are going to do if we beat K-State Saturday? They're going to storm the field Big 12. Lighten up. There are bigger fish to fry.

Freddie Garza 1 year, 5 months ago

If KU beats K State on Saturday, I'm going to LOL so hard...

Steven Haag 1 year, 5 months ago

The sad part is, is will cost us more than the fine. We will more than likely tear a goalpost down and carry it to the lake. 😂😂😂

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 5 months ago

if there are enough KU fans, then they will tear both down, throw one in Potter Lake, and parade the other down Mass St.

Glen Miller 1 year, 5 months ago

Storming the field for every Big 12 win is getting old...... we should start acting like the program we want to become. We've gotten our fix of that and it's time to stop. Tearing the goalposts down is vandalism in actuality and embarrassing as a fan. Time for us to grow up!

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 1 year, 5 months ago

I think Bob should focus on finding two additional universities to join the league.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 5 months ago

Does this apply to BB games also?

Maybe that’s why they didn’t fine us? We’ve earned enough credit for being on the receiving end.

Or maybe there’s a per student trigger point and we didn’t reach it?

Doug Roberts 1 year, 5 months ago

This is all just an attempt to build up a defense in case anyone gets hurt during a a celebration and sues the Big 12.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 5 months ago

Doug - I think the getting hurt and lawsuits have already happened.

John Strayer 1 year, 5 months ago

No love loss for KSU or TCU...but why wasn't KU fined?

Joe Black 1 year, 5 months ago

I heard after reviewing the films, KU fans did nothing to hinder or intimidate the opposing team while the same cannot be said of KSU fans or TCU fans.

Blake Brown 1 year, 5 months ago

How wonderful to even have the opportunity to be sanctioned for winning a football game at Kansas.

OTOH, how ridiculous. For a team that has had such a woeful record for way too long to actually win a conference game and not be expected to storm is incomprehensible. What has happened to celebrate the win consciousness? Within limits, of course.

Joe Black 1 year, 5 months ago

College kids today do not understand acceptable limits

Brad Avery 1 year, 5 months ago

The middle fingers of one's hands have many useful functions, among which is extending an appropriate recognition to those whose actions reflect stupidity, incompetence and lack of rational judgment. My recognition and salute is hereby extended to the Big 12 commissioner, Bob Bowlsby. You are no Chuck Neinas.

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