Well, you can officially count Arizona coach Sean Miller as someone in favor of legislation against court storming.
Following Colorado’s 75-72 victory Wednesday, fans rushed the court to celebrate with the team but did not allow Arizona’s players to exit the court in a timely manner. Particularly, Kaleb Tarczewski was seen interacting with a fan postgame.
Video of the students pouring onto the court. pic.twitter.com/riyqNnbtiV
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That led to Miller spending a few minutes at the end of his press conference decrying court storming and using some stark imagery to alert people to the seriousness of the issue.
“Eventually what’s going to happen in the Pac-12 is this,” Miller said. “An Arizona player is going to punch a fan, and they are going to punch the fan out of self-defense. And when it happens — and only when it happens — will everyone take a deep breath and say, ‘We have to do something to protect both teams so that when the game ends we have a deep breath to be able to leave the court.'”
Miller went on to say that there is nothing being done because over the last three seasons the Wildcats are the only team who has been stormed on.
“Until that happens, it’s falling on deaf ears because there’s only one team right now that the court’s stormed on. Three consecutive years, anytime we lose on the road it’s the same. Some are more under control, some aren’t. But I’m in control of the whole enterprise. If a 7-foot, 250-pound Kaleb Tarczewski gets bumped, literally within three seconds of the game ending, and he retaliates, what would be the response of our conference?”
He continued by saying that something needs to be done before an incident gets out of hand.
“Something has to be done,” Miller said. “I’m going to be fine. Somebody can say whatever they want to me. Somebody can do whatever they want. Spit, do whatever you want. But I’m worried about the players that are under my direction…At least have some substance and control so that our guys aren’t potentially in a situation where a lawsuit comes.”
For Miller’s full remarks, you can read them below.
Here are the bulk of Sean Miller’s comments on court storming in the Pac-12 pic.twitter.com/MXiU1RbfIM
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