Notre Dame Fighting Irish rival calls for court storming ban

Notre Dame Fighting Irish rival Duke head coach Jon Scheyer thinks court storming bans need to arrive after one injured a Blue Devils star.

 Duke Blue Devils head coach Jon Scheyer during the first half
Duke Blue Devils head coach Jon Scheyer during the first half / Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports
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While the Notre Dame Fighting Irish almost pulled off one heck of an upset over a very good ACC Syracuse Orange squad, a conference rival pulled off their own upset. And when Wake Forest upset the Duke Bluedevils, their fans rushed the court. That’s when Kyle Filipowski suffered an injury.

While the stream of Wake Forest fans flooded the court, Filipowski got caught in the middle, he then collided with a couple of fans and injured his ankle. Right after he suffered the injury, his Duke teammates surrounded him and started making sure that he didn’t run across any other collisions.

When the smoke had cleared and Filipowski limped off the court, the Duke head coach Jon Scheyer addressed the media. Unsurprisingly, he was rather unhappy about what happened and now of his anger was aimed at the fact that his team lost.

“Disappointed we lost. But look, for me, I’m more concerned about the well-being of our guys. [Filipowski] sprains his ankle,” Scheyer said. “When are we going to ban court-storming? Like, when are we going to ban that? Like, how many times does a player have to get into something where they get punched or they get pushed or they get taunted right in their face? And it’s a dangerous thing.”

Notre Dame Fighting Irish rival calls for court storming ban

During the rest of his comments, he addressed another courtstorming incident in women’s basketball where Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark ran into a fan. 

“You look around the country, and Caitlin Clark, something happens. now flip. I don’t know what his status is going to be. He sprained his ankle.”

Banning the courtstorming is going to be hard to pull off. It’s not entirely clear how it would even work. But the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rival appears to be pushing for change and that change could certainly be bolstered with an actual player injury.