Sean Miller Vents About Pac-12's Perceived Inaction With Court StormingBy Russell Westerholm, UniversityHerald Reporter
Arizona head men's basketball coach Sean Miller is fed up with court-storming after upsets in Pac-12 play, particularly because such incidents always seem to involve his team.
According to CBS Sports, Miller addressed his concerns toward the end of his press conference after his ninth-ranked Arizona team lost on the road to Colorado.
"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.'
"Until that happens, it's falling on deaf ears because there's only one team right now that the court's stormed on."
Something similar to the hypothetical situation he outlined nearly happened last season when a fan elbowed Kansas' Jamari Traylor while celebrating on the court. In that same incident, Kansas head coach Bill Self found himself pinned against the announcers' table while making his way over to shake the opposing coach's hand.
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Consistently ranked in the AP Top 25, Arizona has now seen fans of opposing teams storm the court 10 times in their last 11 road losses, ESPN reported. Some of Miller's frustration over the recent incident was also reserved for the Pac-12 Conference's perceived inaction.
The Pac-12 indicated in a statement of its own that its leadership wants to address the issue, but called out its membership for not adopting a policy.
"Court and field storming is something that has been of concern," read the conference's statement. "The Conference and Commissioner (Larry Scott) have proposed rules with penalties to address this, but the universities have not supported such rules to date."