Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Big 12 commissioner issues public reprimand to Kansas State over Monday’s court-storming incident


Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby on Tuesday issued a public reprimand of Kansas State University for its handling of postgame protocol at the end of Monday’s Kansas-K-State basketball game in Bramlage Coliseum.

“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,” Bowlsby said in a statement.

“Having stated that, the interaction of spectators with players, coaches and staff members was inappropriate and unacceptable. The Kansas State department of athletics has a written event management policy which was unsuccessful in ensuring the safety and security of both game participants and spectators. Revisions to policies and procedures must guarantee that no future incidents occur.

“The Big 12 Conference does not currently have a policy prohibiting spectators entering playing areas of our contests,” Bowlsby continued. “We also do not have policies governing foul language and inappropriate chants within our venues. 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.

“In the meantime, all conference institutions are reminded to reassess game management procedures in order to effectively and uniformly ensure the integrity of our contests, the security of the student-athletes and coaches, and the safety of the spectators. Maintenance of a sportslike environment around our contests is among the most important responsibilities shared by our members and enforced by the conference office. The events following the KU vs. K-State game should be a call to action for all of us,” he added.


Brett McCabe 7 years, 4 months ago

A stern talking to.....that'll teach 'em. So everyone gets off scot-free? It's almost as if it never happened.

Sylvia Davis 7 years, 4 months ago

Reports to the FCC will get attention; guarantee you.

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 4 months ago

You have such little faith Brett. I am certain he shook his finger at KState while he reprimanded them, and that is much much worse. You really should not be so negative because the Big 12 Commish has been very proactive since he's been on the job. Look at all the new teams he added to the conference so that we will have a football championship.

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like an amazing man. I figured his pants just appeared on him like Superman. According to my sources he is going to Manhattan to discuss the situation and is bringing milk and cookies for the fans while watching the Notebook so that they can hug out the situation. I am not allowed to say this until confirmed, but he is bringing Johnny Manziel to discuss how to get a selfie while storming the court.

Kristen Downing 7 years, 4 months ago

Hmmmmm....well that was underwhelming. I guess time to move on.

Suzi Marshall 7 years, 4 months ago

The Big 12 should ensure that each school has a plan to insure the safe evacuation of of players and coaches. Additional restrictions regarding "policy prohibiting spectators entering playing areas of our contests ...and ... governing foul language and inappropriate chants within our venues" are not warranted.

Ashwin Rao 7 years, 4 months ago

What else can you expect? If there were no set policies, then no one broke anything to take action about. Granted that it is "expected" that each organization should have the policies in place, but in that case you are leaving it to the organizations to self-manage.

Michael Lorraine 7 years, 4 months ago

Basically he's saying, we'll talk about it. Should have said, we WILL establish a policy and protocol.

Mark Lindrud 7 years, 4 months ago

Whoa whoa whoa Michael! Are you saying you want him to be proactive? Slow down there buddy. Calm down, and let's not get rash.

Randy Glenn 7 years, 4 months ago

Can`t get over Musberger braggin on the student body as they were chanting Fxxx KU. Even a KSU fan I talked to said it was terrible and could have gotten out of hand real easy!! Big fine or better yet..NO student body for one game!!!!!

Aaron Paisley 7 years, 4 months ago

Varsity Donuts named a donut after him, of he's going to praise them.

John Strayer 7 years, 4 months ago

It's nearly impossible to impose a penalty for the violation of "nothing"...the fact that there is no current policy speaks volumes as to the short sightedness of the Big XII...the possibility of injury during on court/field celebrations doesn't cross anyone's mind? Especially since we've has close call and issues in the past. Like the NU/MU football game years ago....

Cameron Cederlind 7 years, 4 months ago

No student body for one game? How is that punishment, they only have a student body for 1 game a year anyway.

Luke Kading 7 years, 4 months ago

I was thinking the exact same thing while watching the game the other night when Musberger was talking about how great the student body was. Unbelievable.

Bryce Landon 7 years, 4 months ago

As I said yesterday, the Big 12 office is concerned about one thing: creating a favorable environment for Longhorn football to thrive. The safety of basketball players, coaches and fans is nowhere near the top of their priority list.

Bryce Landon 7 years, 4 months ago


Nathan Varvis 7 years, 4 months ago

Yes, Great game, and outstanding for Baylor, but we still need to take care of business. Thanks to BU for helping us out; C'mon you Jayhawks! We need to run the table to win the conference

Suzi Marshall 7 years, 4 months ago

We are so lucky with that BU win! BU hitting 6 threes in 3:35 beginning at the 7:3X mark to go from 7 down to 5 up was a formula for Kansas to beat KY...or VA .... or Duke.

Those 6 bombs were hit by 3 different guys. We can do that. Self should bench our trios of 5.

Tom Jones 7 years, 4 months ago

"Self should bench our trios of 5"


Doug Merrill 7 years, 4 months ago

Most don't realize this commissioner has little power - this is much different than the pros. He can't do much without the ADs and coaches buy in and he isn't going to get that on a conference call.

Jack Joiner 7 years, 4 months ago

Do you not remember how bad it used to be, Fxxx U KU and Eat Shxx KState. The TV people didn't even want to do the game.

Xanthe Sherman Swan 7 years, 4 months ago

I think other schools impose fines or maybe they could lose a half a game, anything to keep them off the court. I have read comments about us and the goal posts. I think it is a bit different because you aren't in such a confined place. However, maybe we should go in thinking we are going to win and stop that too. Love my Hawks

Dirk Medema 7 years, 4 months ago

The goal posts are an administrative embarrassment. It's just not that difficult to design a build a goal post that doesn't come down, or alternative a goal post that can be laid down by the grounds crew at the end of the game. It's just lazy lazy to not have dealt with this previously.

Micky Baker 7 years, 4 months ago

Dirk, At memorial stadium, the goal posts do lay down and it is easy to do.

Jack Jones 7 years, 4 months ago

First, I've been a Jayhawk since 1950. Next, the behavior of the K, St. fans Monday night was beyond reprehensible and it's both fortunate that a KU player and/or coach was not injured ~ and unfortunate that the Big 12 Conference hasn't had an official code of conduct, with appropriate penalty's in place. That being said, I have also attended a number of games in AFH during these 60+ years, at which the students, and perhaps adult fans, as well, have used the word "fk you", usually directed at the officials, and as recently as this season, have used the words "bull st and "f**k you", usually in reference to an official's call. I also recall times that it was so prevalent that Coaches Williams and Self ~ and perhaps Coach Brown, to their credit, had to personally admonish the crowd for their behavior, as well. I understand how passionate fans, especially college basketball fans at the D-1 level, can be ~ hell, in my past I'm sure I was one of those kinds of fan. However, now older, and questionably wiser, I realize that the passion that leads to that language, and Monday night's debacle has no place in the basketball arenas and whatever it takes to discourage and eliminate that must be put in place ~ by both the Universities and the Conferences. I am immensely proud of our Jayhawk teams, and especially our fans who attend all of our games and competitions ~ particularly noticeable when there are TV crowd shots of the absurd "costumes" worn by our opponent's so-called fans, and cartoon-like behavior. Although, in one instance, "costume" may not be the correct definition ~ more like "daily dress wear"!! Not to name names, but the word "hillbilly" comes to mind.

Arthur Ankeney 7 years, 4 months ago

I agree with what you've said here. The KU fans are not above the profanity. Let's not forget, with every kick off at a KU football we shout "Rip his f**king head off." Let's not gripe about KSU fans when we ourselves have been known to do the same thing.

Scott Quiring 7 years, 4 months ago

I'm going to take away the fact that it's K-State when I say this next part. K-State deserved to win that game, they played hard and beat us - plain and simple, and I know some are going to want to argue that but let's be honest - we played like crap down the stretch.

But this whole event is precisely why the Big 12 needs to start fining schools for court/field storming. There are way too many things that can go wrong when there's a mad rush of students like that. Some probably intoxicated, some just amped up on adrenaline and excited. This event put our coaches, players and the KSU staff in a bad position safety wise. That kid who elbowed Traylor is lucky that he's not a loose cannon because he'd probably be in the hospital right now had Traylor retaliated (mad props to Jamarii for keeping his cool and representing Kansas with maturity and class). And honestly Coach Self is lucky that somebody didn't hurt him pinning him to scorers table like that. I say the Big 12 needs to start fining schools - start it at $50,000 and go up from there every time. I know there's going to be some students who don't care about that - but the school will and they'll start getting better security to prevent fans rushing the floor because they don't want to pay the fines every time.

I'd like to also give props to the Kansas student section. Now I know that we have those "Muck Fizzou" shirts still floating around (but keep in mind those were not made or supported by the University) and we have the "Bull S***" chants that sometimes show up when questionable calls are made. But I'm glad our kids never storm the floor or chant profanities towards a team in unison (example: "F KU" chants that KSU does every time we play them). I know our students aren't perfect - but every game I've ever been to - they've been classy, they've been loud, they've cheered for injured players on the opposing team, they've represented the school well. So any students reading this: mad props to you!

Erich Hartmann 7 years, 4 months ago

The apologists just need to stop. You are weak pushovers, metaphorically speaking, and with double-entendre intended. When can anyone recall a Div.1 basketball game where the coach gets shoved into a table, and a player gets targeted with a hard elbow on a dead-run, and another elderly coach (Townsend) is having to get physical to protect his players from another menacing person approaching them? God, I want to give Jamari some kind of award for his composure under extreme duress. I mean, if he retaliated, that foolish Nathan kid could be in a coma in some hospital somewhere.

What is happenning to this country that we cannot call out egregious behavior all by itself? Why does there have to be some accompanying self-effacement? You do not deal with vermin by giving them a fig leaf. Why has that become ingrained in the psyche as THE only way of dealing with out-of-bounds behavior. There should be NO fig leaf. Call em out, and let them stew in their own mess. By god, we are not part of this creation. We were NO part of their decision to target our coach, our players, or not have adequate security. Hell, we even gave them a gift of a W.

I refuse to believe the University of KS has ANY culpability or complicity in what we saw happen during the court rush. Stop being yellow apologists. Why cant we be strong for once?

Perspective: They come waddling all over the court like drunk hogs...and WE start apologizing and trying to justify it for them? What? We are the enemy to them, and they act like it everytime, dont they? Got Jayhawk pride? Or pride as a man, even?

Michael Napier 7 years, 4 months ago

I just can't get past the fact that they removed 'floor seat' spectators before the game ended to ensure their safety and had more security around each of the goals to keep people off of them than they did assigned to protect the players/coaches/staff.

Carolyn Hunzicker 7 years, 4 months ago

I still like someones suggestion...All conferences need to impose...

A $100,000 fine and that school pays it to the other team.

On every occurance

Micky Baker 7 years, 4 months ago

I don't think $100K would be stiff enough. How about forfeit all the revenues for the game it occurred in and split it among all other teams in the league?

It was out of line to do what the K-State fans did. It was as if they were trying to start a war.

A group of K-State students made a video mocking KU for the times conference opponents have rushed the court against them. Maybe we need to make one mocking them for only beating us 4 times since 1988 at Bramlage. Just saying. Show the record over and over again. Our Final Four appearances and national championship appearances during that period. At least 5 national championship game appearances for us in that period. Then the conference championships.

John Brown 7 years, 4 months ago

If the league was to award to the opposing team the offending teams following year home game, that would fix the problem. For example, KU would get two home games vs. KState next year. I think the fans would get the message, control language and behavior. Money speaks louder than anything in the world we live in today. The threat of losing that revenue would be tremendous and the opposing team would be rewarded from the infraction.

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