ESPN’s Jay Bilas calls for a ban on court storming, suggests arresting fans: ‘There’s no accountability’

College basketball fanatics may love watching and taking in part a good old fashioned court storming, but could the tradition be on its way out?

The topic of court storming has been a hot one in the college basketball world in recent weeks. First, Caitlin Clark was involved in a collision after Iowa’s loss to Ohio State, then Duke’s Kyle Filipowski was injured after a loss to Wake Forest over the weekend.

A number of notable figures in the NCAA hoops sphere have spoken out against it, including Duke head coach Jon Scheyer and Wake Forest head coach Steve Forbes. On Monday, it was longtime college basketball insider Jay Bilas who gave his two cents on the matter. 

The ESPN analyst was on First Take on MOnday to discuss the recent incident that took place after Wake Forest’s upset win over Duke on Saturday. The fans at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum raced down following their team’s victory, however, the barrage of bodies caused an injury to Filipowski, who was still on the court when the parade of Demon Deacon supporters flooded the floor. 

DeCOURCY: Caitlin Clark collision another example why allowing court storms isn’t worth the risk

What did Jay Bilas say about court storming?

Bilas gave a candid assessment of the matter, calling for a change to be made in order to help protect student-athletes. 

“You don’t have to stop the court storming. One time, all you have to do is once they’re on the court, don’t let them off. Just say, ‘You’re all detained’ and give them all citations or arrest them if you want to. The court stormings will stop the next day.

“There’s no accountability for this. The fans feel like it’s an entitlement and the universities like it, and the truth is, we [as fans] like it.”

Bilas then proceeded to call out the media for its role in the court storming. He pointed to the fact that outlets used to make a point of not showing footage of fans flooding the court, however, that has since changed. 

“Years ago when fans used to run out on the field or the court during a game, it was network policy not to show that because we didn’t want to encourage it,” Bilas said. “So what does that say about the way we in the media use these images now? We can’t deny that we encourage it, or at least tacitly approve of it.”

Despite the advice, Bilas acknowledged the fact that, in his opinion, “nothing” was going to change in regards to the court storming policy, at least not right away. There will most certainly be more fans racing out onto the playing surface after victories, especially with conference tournaments and March madness on the horizon. 

“The truth is nothing is going to change now,” Bilas said. “We’re going to talk about it, it’s going to go away and nothing is going to change.”

MORE: Duke’s Jon Scheyer calls for court storming ban following Kyle Filipowski injury

However, considering how much criticism the topic has garnered in recent weeks between the Clark and Filipowski incidents, don’t be surprised to see the conversation continue this offseason. 

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