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UCSB coach apologizes after fan confrontation

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:23 a.m. HST, Mar 08, 2014

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. >> UC Santa Barbara men's basketball coach Bob Williams has apologized to Hawaii coach Gib Arnold for an incident in which a fan went on court and confronted Arnold during a game against the Gauchos.

The school's athletic department said Friday it has apologized to Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay and Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell for what happened in the first half of Thursday night's victory by UCSB.

The department says the safety of student-athletes, staff and fans is important and it is reviewing the incident and "solidifying event protocol" in hopes of preventing a repeat in the future.

A male UCSB fan ran on the court and confronted Arnold while the coach was arguing a call that went against Hawaii. Two Hawaii players pushed the fan away from the coach.

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HanabataDays wrote:
If ever anyone deserved a face plant...
on March 7,2014 | 10:50AM
huponews wrote:
NCAA, needs to enforce a rule that no fans on the court at all games. People, are crazy today and you have to protect the player's and coaches. The violence that I saw after a college basketball game was disturbing....players and coaches were like ping pong balls. There's not enough security to control a fight with a court full of bodies.....becomes too dangerous. Anyway, that might have to happen at all events for the safety of everyone. Times have changed, to bad....no celebrations with fans.q
on March 7,2014 | 11:46AM
niimi wrote:
NCAA does not need to enforce anything. Colleges need to do nothing. How can you predict how every single fan could behave? How can you cover for every single scenario? Here's how. Cut alcohol sales at all UH sporting events. Put put 8 foot high fences around the court. Enjoy the game, huponews.
on March 7,2014 | 09:44PM
braddah wrote:
I don't think that the kid could have been stopped, but why was there no security going after this guy…then when he was being escorted out, the security person was laughing with him….that bothers me more!
on March 7,2014 | 10:06PM
Bully wrote:
Probably drunk.
on March 7,2014 | 12:33PM
Slow wrote:
Sports are really important to drunk youths. I hope Ben Jay is OK after he got whacked on court earlier this year. Football had too many drunks and fight so we stopped going. UH basketball was high action, more fun and no violence...until this year. Auwe.
on March 7,2014 | 12:34PM
droid wrote:
Your comment is part of the problem. People assume — wrongfully, I might add — that alcohol being served at the games are causing this type of behavior. There’s only so much of a tightly controlled supply that one could consume, particularly at inflated prices.

No the problem is fans who are doing drugs just prior to the game. Like Gib Arnold says clearly in an ESPN interview, the UCSB fan was “in another world,” acting “crazy.” As illegal drugs become more and more acceptable in society (which sure as you were born, they are), users become more bold, willing to test the boundaries of what is allowed at a sporting event.
on March 8,2014 | 01:03AM
HanabataDays wrote:
People who drink alcohol while tailgating and in the arena are also doing drugs. If they're under 21 they're also doing illegal drugs. Alcohol is our most destructive drug, yet people keep trying to make phony distinctions.
on March 8,2014 | 01:28AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
The UCSB coach did not have to apologize, after all he is not in charge of security and the lolo who ran on the court was not one of his players. It was a classy thing for him to do, but not necessary in my book.
on March 7,2014 | 01:13PM
niimi wrote:
I agree that UCSB has NOTHING to apologize for. You cannot control the actions of every single person at every single sporting event, even if you had a dozen security officers at the game they can't catch everyone. Imagine for instance a historic win for UH and 8,000 people storming the court. They would easily overwhelm the security people.
on March 7,2014 | 09:42PM
st1d wrote:
the stan has installed sissy gates since the wahine basketball game. uscb will most likely have to go the same way as the next unimpeded incident would incur charges of gross negligence.

good thing the student did not incite a full blown affray.

on March 7,2014 | 01:43PM
torxman wrote:
There fence and gates were in place before the incident at the wahine basketball game. In fact they were there for Years.
on March 7,2014 | 01:59PM
st1d wrote:
thanks for the correction. never noticed them in videos.
on March 7,2014 | 03:43PM
kwensel wrote:
I commend the players for not getting involved with this nut. All of the ESPN commentators said they should have clocked the guy. Then we would have HAD a bunch of player on suspension. The refs should have had been suppended. It was their bad call on no foul on spearman that started this and not one ref headed towards the u when came on the court but they would have been ready to eject our player if they hit the guy. What a great officiating Big west we have to look forward to. Maybe we should an apology from the Big West.
on March 7,2014 | 03:03PM
artwork wrote:
Outstanding job by Hawaii coaches and players who reacted to the threat immediately and with class! Let's Go Bows!
on March 7,2014 | 06:47PM
Michele007 wrote:
Didn't our coach storm onto the court to confront the refs? The player did the same thing, and got arrested.....
on March 7,2014 | 09:36PM
HanabataDays wrote:
He was a playa, not a player.
on March 8,2014 | 01:30AM
SueH wrote:
They've got clear enough video images of this loser that should make it easy to identify him. If he really is a UCSB student, he should be booted out of school.
on March 7,2014 | 09:37PM
niimi wrote:
I don't think UCSB needs to apologize, that jerk of a fan needs to be made to publicly apologize for his mis-conduct. Since when does a school have control over the actions of up to thousands of fans? Put another way, what if hundreds of fans rush the court? Should a school now have to pay for a dozen uniformed officers at every single sporting event? Imagine the costs? And how would a dozen officers stop 8,000 fanatics (fan is short for fanatic) from storming a court after a historic win for a school? I personally believe that trying to solve every single edge case that could happen is economically and unequivocally stupid!
on March 7,2014 | 09:39PM
niimi wrote:
The out of control fan should be the sole person that needs to apologize, none other. NO need for UCSB to apologize. Put another way, if that is your son behaving as he did, running onto the court in the middle of a game, I would have his behind on a plane the next day. That or I would be on a plane the next day to give him a serious talking to and if necessary pull him out of there. Society should never ever have to expect some institution to cover for an egregious act of disrespect to others. Asking an institution to apologize for the action of an individual is backwards.
on March 8,2014 | 06:42AM
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