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A storm over storming

When Mike Krzyzewski talks, people tend to sit up straighter and open their ears wider. Home truth.

So now we get a sudden furor over the admittedly weary practice of storming the court in college basketball, because Virginia students did it to Coach K's Duke Blue Devils last night, and that got Coach K wondering aloud in the postgame if maybe there ought to be some safety protocols in place for the team getting stormed.

(Everybody, it seems, storms the court when they beat Duke. This is not necessarily because Duke is the best team in the land, nor -- this year, anyway -- remotely close to it. It's because it's Duke. Sanctimony has its price).

(Speaking of which, there's something deliciously ironic about Krzyzewski fretting about fans bad-mouthing opposing coaches or players in a postgame scrum, considering how often the Cameron Crazies in his own arena have crossed the line in that regard).

Anyway ... Coach K has a point. It's definitely gotten out of hand, the whole rushing-the-court thing. It's also, by virtue of same, incredibly passe. Nothing says "jump the shark" like rushing the court when you beat, say, the No. 3 team in the country. Which Duke is right now.

That said, fining schools for storming the court, the way the SEC does, seems like a Draconian overreaction. The ACC, thanks to Coach K, is well on the road to considering the same thing.

Here's hoping the conference considers it and moves on. 'Cause there are enough Fun Nazis in college sports these days.

Ben Smith's blog.

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