This should be the future of court-storming.
It's like the students of Dickinson College read my column from Friday. I'm not for eliminating court-storms in college hoops. I think they can be an occasional release of joy and celebration and what's awesome about the sport -- in the right moments. And with the right protocol and patience.
There is definitely something that needs to be done about the order of procedure, though. There's no reason why students can't wait for the losing opponent to leave the floor, then happily jaunt to center court. And, as you can see above, that's what fans of Dickinson of Carlisle, Pa., did Saturday night after the team's first-round 80-65 win in the D-III NCAA tournament over Marietta (Ohio) College.
(Yes, the D-III tourney is already under way. March!)
Whereas the Blue Devils' loss to Virginia created bad buzz regarding a mob on the floor, the Red Devils fans of Dickinson did everything right. So let's give them some credit.
“From my view, the Dickinson staff and students worked together to avoid exactly what everybody's talking about -- avoid danger to the visiting team, officials, etc.,” Tom Byrnes said afterward. Byrnes is commissioner of the Capital Athletic Conference and was the NCAA representative at Saturday night's game.
Here's the opposite angle of the onslaught. Skip ahead to the 2:10 mark.
Dickinson, the Centennial Conference champs (of course), is playing in its first D-III NCAA tournament (here's the bracket OMG) on the men's side since 1997. Next up? A tilt at Wooster (Ohio) College -- the Fighting Scots! -- in the second round on Monday night.
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