April 14, 2024
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Since Caitlin Clark collided with a fan who stormed the courtroom after Iowa was upset by Ohio State, debate has been renewed about whether or not it’s OK for followers to enter the courtroom.

The Buckeyes took down the Hawkeyes in additional time Sunday, 100-92. However as Clark tried to exit the ground, she and a Buckeyes fan collided.

Clark was tended to by an Ohio State participant and training personnel from each side. She was helped again to the locker room however instructed reporters she was doing OK after the collision.


Penn State Nittany Lions followers storm the courtroom after successful a school basketball recreation in opposition to the Wisconsin Badgers on the Bryce Joyce Heart Jan. 16, 2024, in College Park, Pa.   (Mitchell Layton/Getty Photographs)

Clark mentioned she bought “simply hammered” and known as it “form of scary,” however she understood the second was “good for his or her college students” and “completely positive.”

However one large identify in faculty basketball says it’s time for courtroom storming to finish.

Jay Bilas, now a “Faculty GameDay” analyst, mentioned it’s going to get to a degree the place it might be too late.

“The eagerness of it’s nice. I really like the fervour. Followers don’t belong on the courtroom. Ever,” he mentioned Saturday in entrance of Arkansas followers who stormed the courtroom a number of weeks in the past after a win in opposition to Duke.


Bilas acquired loads of boos from the group, however he held agency.

Followers storm the courtroom after the Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the Purdue Boilermakers at Pinnacle Financial institution Enviornment Jan. 9, 2024, in Lincoln, Neb.  (Steven Branscombe/Getty Photographs)

“When any individual will get damage, we’re going to get severe about it,” he mentioned.

Bilas made be aware that followers dashing courts or fields is now banned on the skilled stage. Yankee Chris Chambliss famously touched the realm of residence plate after his walk-off residence run that despatched New York to the World Sequence as a result of followers who had stormed the sphere stole the plate.

“They defend the gamers, and we don’t do it in faculty,” Bilas argued. 

Bilas made certain to say the incident with Marcus Good and Texas Tech followers when Good performed faculty ball.

“Gamers don’t belong within the stands,” Bilas mentioned.

Arkansas fans storm court

Followers of the Arkansas Razorbacks storm the courtroom after a win in opposition to the Duke Blue Devils at Bud Walton Enviornment Nov. 29, 2023, in Fayetteville, Ark. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Photographs)


The Southeastern Convention fines colleges $100,000 for storming the courtroom, however that didn’t cease South Carolina followers from doing so this week after they beat No. 6 Kentucky. A second offense is $250,000, whereas subsequent offenses will value $500,000.

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