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Storming the court: I don’t always agree with Mike Krzyzewski, but when I do…

CATEGORY: Sports…it’s over something like this:

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski expressed concern for his players’ safety after the Blue Devils’ upset loss to Virginia on Thursday.

Many in the first sellout crowd at Virginia this season stormed the court in celebration of the Cavaliers’ 73-68 victory, leaving Duke’s players and coaches to battle through the surge to get to their locker room.

“When we’ve lost in the last 20 years, everybody rushes the court,” Krzyzewski said, as quoted by The Associated Press, insisting he was raising a concern but not trying to take away from Virginia’s victory. “Whatever you’re doing, you need to get the team off first. Celebrate, have fun, obviously you won. That’s cool, but just get our team off the court and our coaching staff before students come on.”

Duke has lost four games this season, each on the road — defeats at North Carolina State, at Miami and at Maryland preceded Thursday’s loss. Fans stormed the court at every venue.

“Look, do you know how close you are to — just put yourself in the position of one of our players or coaches,” Krzyzewski said, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “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.

As bad as I hate agreeing with Coach Rat, he’s absolutely right. And it’s getting worse, since college students these days seem to think that any win over anybody that’s sort of good justifies rushing the court.

Bitches, act like you’ve been there before, huh? Back in my day, we never stormed the court. We’d head back to campus and roll the quad like sensible people.

That aside, though, the current system is just begging for trouble, and it’s a matter of when, not if. Let me leave you with two names to think about.

Ron Artest.

Monica Seles.

Barriers between competitors and fans are generally a good idea.

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