UPDATE: The University of Missouri has come to its senses. MU Chancellor Brady Deaton issued a statement saying the university won't press charges against fans who rushed the field after Saturday's upset of No. 1 Oklahoma. "After careful review, the university will not forward the summons for trespassing on the field at the MU-OU football game to the city prosecutor," Deaton wrote.
The rest of the statement is pretty much Deaton saying don't do it again.
The Missouri Tigers knocked off the No. 1 team in the nation on Saturday, upsetting the Oklahoma Sooners and beating 'em for the first time since 1998. Understandably, hundreds of excited fans rushed Faurot Field to celebrate. It's the stuff that makes cool scenes like the one above. Except when the fans end up in handcuffs.
Thirty fans ended up with getting charged with trespassing. Not cool, Mizzou.
Sen. Kurt Schaefer is coming to their defense, asking the
university to drop the charges against the fans.
"The people who went on to the field knew they
shouldn't go on the field, but the charges are disproportionate to what
the atmosphere, what the circumstances were," Schaefer told the Columbia
Exactly. It's not something that you want on, say, College
Except the university is saying tough shit -- students were warned before the game nto to go on the field, and the cases have been turned over to the prosecutor's office. And asking for leniency, ha!
"I don't think the university administration would ever do that," Mary Jo Banken, director of the MU News Bureau, told the Tribune. "The university administration would never get involve in
recommending leniency or non leniency."
Way to be hard asses for the sake of being hard asses.
H/T: Riverfront Times.