As mentioned here earlier, our UVA correspondent was among the throng that took to the floor after last night's big win over dook. I asked her about the controversy.
Coach K was correct to be concerned for safety in the madness of court storming [but] we were more focused on getting on the court to congratulate our boys and possibly touch the great Joe Harris, we could not have cared less about dook. K had to be restrained for throwing F-bombs at the storming fans.
More after the jump.
Crowds can get scary very quickly. I'm old enough to remember the fatal crush at the Who concert in Cincinnati, and also saw things get close to very ugly as a festival seating crowd pressed people against a fence at a Led Zep show in GSO. Roy Williams took heat for evacuating (most of) his players early last year at HalfAssU, but it was probably a smart move, except for the men left behind part. It's all fun and games until someone punches a player.
The floor was awesome! I did get my foot stuck climbing over some chairs but once you got there it was a mass of happy college kids jumping up and down celebrating our team! You couldn't even hear the band play the good ole song it was that loud. I was just screaming and jumping around in pure disbelief that we had just beaten duke.
It was a real coming together of the UVA community you ran into people you didn't even know were at the game you saw football players and lax bros and celebrated with people you didn't know it was magical.
I didn't sense that we were going to crush anyone. The guy in front of me when I was storming was nice enough to make sure I got safely over chairs. I came onto the court from the UVA bench side so it was near the Duke team exit. I never noticed them I was focused on getting on that court to see my team anyone I bumped into I generally apologized to. UVA fans are nothing but classy like our coach who had UVA team managers bring pizza to the UVA faithful who were lined up outside starting at 3 and came out at around 6:30 to talk to the fans.
Also there is talk of coach k accusing the students of being drunk. Though I am sure there were a few (I had a first hand view to guys pregaming the game) but they were not the majority. Everyone around me was sober. Emotions were high! We had beat the number 3 team. We beat duke we were high on life. Chill coach K take a page from the oh so classy Coach Bennett.