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UCSB fan arrested after confronting UH coach

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:06 a.m. HST, Mar 09, 2014


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. >> A UC Santa Barbara fan who went on court and confronted Hawaii coach Gib Arnold during a game has been arrested.

UCSB athletic department spokesman Bill Mahoney said Friday the man was arrested after the incident in the first half of Thursday night's game. He provided no other details and a spokesman for the campus police didn't immediately return phone calls Friday.

Gauchos basketball coach Bob Williams apologized to Arnold for the incident in which the fan confronted Arnold while the coach was arguing a call that went against Hawaii. Two Hawaii players pushed the man away from the coach.

The school's athletic department said it issued apologies to Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay and Big West Conference Commissioner Dennis Farrell for what happened during UCSB's victory.

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






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glenn57377 wrote:
In this case we have an irate fan. As bad as it looks......how serious is this if the only thing he is guilty of is wearing street shoes on a floor made for tennis shoes? His behavior is unnatural, that's for sure, but really think about it. What crimes can they pin on him? Probably not much - especially if he didn't assault or threaten anyone. The coach was complaining.....maybe the ref needed some assistance with his decision-making. This does not warrant the coverage SA is giving it.
on March 9,2014 | 03:04AM
rigormortis wrote:
My thoughts exactly. What was the charge? Maybe underage drinking ( under age 21 in CA )
on March 9,2014 | 03:35AM
droid wrote:
Neither you nor glenn57377 have any clue what the fan said to Arnold. For all you know, he’s been arrested on terroristic threatening charges. It’s very possible, and would therefore warrant the media coverage.
on March 9,2014 | 04:24AM
cojef wrote:
Agree, fan has no right to be on the playing floor and if anything thing, removed from the premises, pronto. Media should point these personal failures of conduct. Too easy on individuals rights.
on March 9,2014 | 09:02AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Fan was offering Gib tips on how to lose, so UCSB could go to the NCAA tournament.
on March 9,2014 | 10:32AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Based on my observation, this Bozo was probably drunk and seeking his brief moment of fame. The kid should face some punishment but the real problem is security or the lack of it.
on March 9,2014 | 07:54AM
lee1957 wrote:
This fan has lots of potential. Who knows, in 25 years he could be elected POTUS on a platform of hope and change.
on March 9,2014 | 09:40AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
This incident was so unusual that it made national headlines, at least for ESPN's PTI, Pardon The Interrruption, the long running half-hour debate show, hosted by Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. Came out on the Friday, March 7, 2014 episode.
on March 9,2014 | 10:30AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Download the ESPN Radio app to hear it.
on March 9,2014 | 10:33AM
bigbud808 wrote:
Maybe he ad an outstanding warrant and was arrested for that...
on March 9,2014 | 03:47PM
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