Anytime you beat Duke, it becomes a big deal. It shouldn’t, necessarily. But it does.
It was certainly a big deal last night as unranked Virginia knocked off the 3rd ranked Blue Devils.
Naturally, after a win like that, the fans stormed the court. Apparently, Coach K wasn’t too thrilled with that. He had some choice words following the game about his displeasure with fans being allowed to storm the court when the losing team is still on the court.
He was so upset because, as Fox Sports Carolinas explains, Coach K got into an expletive-laden shouting match with a Virginia student towards the end of the game. The potential for that to escalate was now present once that student was allowed to rush the court.
The 66-year-old Krzyzewski stopped and hollered an F-bomb at a fan before security could drag him away. Right behind the Hall of Fame coach were his players, some cursing at fans, some ignoring it and ducking into the hallway. Assistant coach Jeff Capel went back and yelled a few curse words while another assistant coach, Steve Wojciechowski, did his best to quickly usher players into the safe area.
“Whatever you’re doing, you need to get the team off first,” Krzyzewski said about 15 minutes later in the postgame news conference. “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. I’m always concerned about stuff like that, especially at this time of year. What if that happened and we get a kid suspended and that becomes the national story? It’s not all fun and games when people are running onto the court, especially for the team that lost.
“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.”
Personally, I don’t know why storming the court is allowed. I’m surprised bad things don’t happen more often. I don’t necessarily consider this bad, and I think Coach K and his staff shouldn’t have reacted. They should know better. But, I’ve said this forever: fans are too close to the action in both the NBA and college.