Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller is sure not a fan of court rushing. This is mostly due to the fact that the court rushing happens after Arizona loses a basketball game. Cal did it this year, Arizona State did it last year, and now Colorado did it again this week. The Wildcats remain the class of the conference, and the court storm will usually take place after their demise on the court.
Miller did bring up some good points this week in his latest diatribe against the court rush. Namely, that it could eventually lead to an on-court incident between the visiting team and home team's fans. More from Arizona Desert Swarm.
"Eventually what's going to happen in the Pac-12 is this: an Arizona player is going to punch a fan, and they're going to punch the fan out of self-defense.
When it happens, only when it happens, will everybody take a deep breath and say, we have to do something to protect both teams so that when the game ends, that we have a deep breath to be able to leave the gym. Or at least shake the other team's hand, and then get to our locker room.
Three consecutive years, anytime we lose a game on the road, it's the same. Some are more under control, some aren't. It's tough because not everybody is going through it, and because of that nobody really cares except me. From this point forward, I care. And we're almost at a point where our guys have to protect themselves."
Eventually a player and a fan will make the type of contact coaches would like to avoid, and someone could get hurt (and the nightmare for a coach is a player could be suspended for something not related at all to the basketball court during a basketball game). Although it should be noted that Miller absconded all responsibility for the actions of his players.
Should the court rush be reconsidered? Perhaps. I'd imagine a modification might be the best compromise here. The best way to avoid a court rush is to have security cordon off the visiting side of the locker room, or at least restrict movement away from the visiting players. But I'd imagine it would be difficult to curtail the tradition of the court rush until an incident happens. The best you can hope for in the meantime is maybe modifying the ways in which you can rush the court.