The Nevada basketball team has lost three times this season, all on the road. In all three cases, fans for the opposing team have stormed the court when the final buzzer sounded.
On Saturday night in Logan, Utah, the situation appeared to go past the “fans just having fun” point.
Video posted to social media shows some Wolf Pack players and coaching staff visibly upset as they attempted to reach their locker room following an 81-76 loss at Utah State. Uniformed officers and what appears to be arena security personnel were needed to usher the Nevada contingent away from a tunnel entrance and toward their locker room.
Wolf Pack forward Jordan Caroline appears noticeably upset in one video, having to be restrained at one point by teammates and Nevada staff. ESPN reporter Michael Eaves posted Saturday night that a Utah State assistant might have yelled something toward Caroline after the game, according to “a source.”
KUTV reporter Jake Edmonds captured Caroline and some members of the Nevada staff visibly upset with at least one postgame incident. Some yelling over the possible actions of a Utah State assistant coach can be heard.
Warning: the video contains multiple examples of extreme language and is most definitely not safe for work or public viewing:
Nevada players and staff were not made available to media following the game.
“We are working with officials from the Mountain West Conference and Utah State to gather more information about the events that occurred this evening in Logan,” Nevada spokesperson Chad Hartley said late Saturday.
The Associated Press reported Saturday that Nevada head coach Eric Musselman had to be “restrained” by law enforcement officials on the scene, although that is not apparent in any social media post.
Both schools are members of the Mountain West Conference, will certainly review the incident. The conference has the power to issue fines, suspensions, reprimands or levy other penalties for the fans’ court-rushing or for any postgame altercations between the teams.