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Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski irate after Virginia fans storm court

March 01, 2013|By Dan Loumena

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski was so upset at the Virginia fans storming the court after the No. 3 Blue Devils were upset by the Cavaliers, 73-68, on Thursday night, that he reportedly cursed at them.

According to another report, the Atlantic Coast Conference will address the issue of security in instances when fans appear ready to storm the court.

As you can see from the videos above and below, fans storming the court can create a chaotic scene, especially for players and coaches of a visiting team trying to leave the court. And that's what worries Krzyzewski and other coaches.

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

"Look, do you know how close you are to. ... Just put yourself in the position of one of our players or coaches. I'm not saying any fan did this, but the potential is there all the time for a fan to just go up to you and say, 'Coach you're a [expletive],' or push you or hit you. And what do you do? What if you did something? That would be the story. We deserve that type of protection."

North Carolina Coach Roy Williams pulled most of his players and staff off the floor at the conclusion of a loss at Florida State in January, leaving substitutes on the floor to finish the game. Earlier in the season, the Tar Heels coach said a female manager was knocked down by fans storming court.


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