The Nevada men’s 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 precipitated profanity-laced tirades by Nevada players and coaches, who complained about being touched by fans.
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.
KUTV reporter Jake Edmonds captured Wolf Pack forward Jordan Caroline and some members of the Nevada staff visibly upset (warning: strong language) with at least one postgame incident. Some yelling over the possible actions of a Utah State assistant coach can be heard.
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.”
Caroline appears noticeably upset in the video, in which he is heard hurling repeated profanities while having to be restrained at one point by teammates and Nevada staff.
One unidentified member of the Nevada contingent is heard asking, “Where was that (expletive) urgency when our players were being touched by the fans?”
Another unidentified Nevada staff member is heard yelling, “Their (inaudible) touched our (expletive) players and you’re not going to do (expletive) about it,” as he is pulled away from police.
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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 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, which 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.
Contributing: USA TODAY Sports’ Cesar Brioso