Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Bill Self Miffed about K-State's Handling of Court Storming

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Bill Self Miffed about K-State's Handling of Court Storming

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MANHATTAN -- As he was going to shake hands with Kansas State coach Bruce Weber, Bill Self started to see the mob of students close in on him.

Soon, they were next to him. Within a few seconds, the Kansas coach had been pinned next to the scorer's table as K-State fans celebrated a 70-63 victory Monday night.

The 12th-year coach was asked about the incident in the postgame press conference.

"I wasn't nervous for me. There were several students that hit our players -- not saying like with fists, but when you storm the court, you run in, you bump everybody, stuff like that. This has got to stop," an agitated Self said. "Court storming is fine, but surely, you can get security to the point where player safety is not involved like it is over here. The last several times they've won, they've stormed the court on us. That's disappointing that that happened again, but we also allowed it to happen again by not playing well."

ESPN video caught one K-State student in particular being aggressive, appearing to intentionally bump into KU forward Jamari Traylor in the aftermath.

"I felt bad," K-State coach Bruce Weber said of the chaotic court storming. "It's a cool thing to be part of that, but you've also got to be careful of making sure no one gets hurt."

The same video also appeared to show KU assistant coach Kurtis Townsend putting a celebrating student in a headlock near KU's bench.

KU assistant athletic director Jim Marchiony released a statement about Townsend's actions Tuesday afternoon.

"Kurtis Townsend was appropriately attempting to protect KU players from a fan who appeared to be approaching several of our players. The safety of our players was our number one concern last night, and one fan had already deliberately body-checked Jamari Traylor. (Kudos to our players, incidentally, for keeping their cool.) I've seen in a couple of instances Kurtis' action called a 'headlock.' That's a stretch, considering that he had his hands on the fan for all of about two seconds. …

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