Duke missed its opportunity to take over as number one in the nation last night as it lost to Virginia, 73-68 at John Paul Jones Arena. To add insult to injury the Virginia fans rushed the court, as is the habit of most who beat Duke these days. The Blue Devils coach, Mike Krzyzewski, voiced his concern after the game for players and coaches safety under such circumstances. He is clearly not a fan of rushing the court.
“When we’ve lost in the last 20 years, everybody rushes the court,” Krzyzewski said per the Associated Press, insisting he was raising a concern but not trying to take away from Virginia’s victory. “Whatever you’re doing, you need to get the team off first. Celebrate, have fun, obviously you won. That’s cool, but just get our team off the court and our coaching staff before students come on.”
Coach K did not enlighten us on how to hold back the hordes of students from embracing their beloved team after such a huge win, and it is not likely that anyone has a solution to such madness. When fans want to get on the court, or any playing surface for that matter, they will get there. The fan to security ratio is astronomical. Most fans have the common sense to enjoy the game from their seats but occasionally the invisible barrier between the observer and practitioner is broken in a crazy moment of jubilee.
Rushing the court is getting out of hand these days as fans look for any excuse to do it. It used to be reserved for major upsets over hated rivals, but now it has become something much less honored. Is it dangerous? Slightly. Was Virginia’s win over Duke worthy of court storming? Probably not. Should Coach K have sour grapes? No.