Coach K complains about Virginia court storm

Sara D. Davis

Although video appears to show that the John Paul Jones Arena security did a fine job, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski voiced concerns about the lack of protection his players were given during a court storm after Thursday night's loss to Virginia.

Given Duke's lengthy status as one of the pre-eminent programs in college basketball, there are few larger authorities on the subject of court storming than Mike Krzyzewski.

Coach K witnessed yet another excited fan base rush the floor after scoring a win over his Blue Devils on Thursday night, but this time he took exception. According to reports, traded F-bombs with at least one Virginia fan and had to be ushered by security into the losing locker room. He then addressed the court storm, and his issues with the UVA security, after the game.

"Whatever you're doing, you need to get the team off first. Look, celebrate, have fun, obviously you won, that's cool. Just get our team off the court, and our coaching staff, before the students come on.

"Do you know how close you are to... Just put yourself in the position of one of our players or coaches, and I'm not saying any fan did this, but the potential is there all the time. But they can just go up to you and say, ‘Coach, you're a ...' or push you or hit you or whatever. What do you do?

"What if you did something (in retaliation)? That would be the story, right? We deserve that type of protection. "

"They should have fun and burn benches and do all the stuff ... I'm all for that. They are a great school, great kids, but get us off the court, and that's the bottom line."

Krzyzewski's right about court storming becoming an increasingly dangerous trend that demands competent security, but the video from Thursday night's postgame events seems to show that the folks at John Paul Jones Arena did a pretty good job of protecting the Duke players and funneling them to safety.

Perhaps he was just salty beause he already knew this photo (via Streaking the Lawn) was going to become an Internet sensation.


Congratulations on the shot of a lifetime, young khaki hero.

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