Longtime Des Moines Register columnist Randy Peterson, on his way to the postgame press conference, apparently got caught in the flood of fans after the 83-82 decision, and he suffered a broken leg in the process. He was taken to the hospital and scheduled to have surgery Friday.
Peterson managed to maintain his sense of humor, tweeting: Ouch.
He later added: Just to be clear, I was not trampled by the crowd, I locked legs with someone,,,,, I think.
The incident is sure to revive the debate about fans storming the court after wins. After an issue following Kansas State’s upset of Kansas last season, the Big 12 passed a measure over the summer that allows the commissioner to punish schools that fail to keep fans from the court.
Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said he was caught up in the moment — and enjoyed it.
“I hate that Randy got hurt. That’s terrible,” Prohm said. “But, my thing, I was trying to go see my wife, to be honest with you. It was a great moment. That’s part of college basketball.”
Added Prohm: “That’s part of college athletics. That’s a great moment. Those college kids … they’ve been camping out here [for tickets] for three days. There’s only probably 10 schools that do that in the country. Give them their 15 or 20 minutes to do that. I thought it was pretty cool. I probably should have enjoyed it more, but I was just thanking God I didn’t have to come to this media session my first year and answer questions on why I lost to Iowa.”
— Here’s your daily update on the LeSean McCoy-Chip Kelly saga: After McCoy said he wouldn’t shake Kelly’s hand when the two meet on the field Sunday in Philadelphia, the Eagles coach continued to take the high road, acknowledging the offseason trade of McCoy to the Bills should have been handled better.
“How he was traded, it wasn’t handled right,” Kelly said Thursday. “I’ve said that before. I did not get an opportunity to talk to him. And it’s a lesson that we should never do.”
Kelly said the teams worked out the deal but decided not to contact the players until it was approved by the league the following day.
“We were told that the trade wasn’t initiated and wouldn’t be initiated until the next morning. So there were no phone calls to be made,” Kelly said. “And then, all of a sudden, I’m driving to an event and he’s been traded. I felt bad that I didn’t get a chance to talk to him. I called him. He didn’t answer my phone call. I know he was pissed, and he should be pissed and rightly so.”
Added Kelly: “I understand why he’s unhappy about it, and he should not be happy about it. That’s why I would apologize for that. It did not happen the right way.”
Kelly said the deal was made to save the Eagles from McCoy’s huge cap number, and he has no animosity toward him.
“If he doesn’t want to shake my hand, I understand it. But I will always shake his hand,” Kelly said. “If he extends his hand to me, I will always shake his hand.
“I have great respect for him as a player. Everything we asked him to do here, he did. He was an outstanding football player for two years [under Kelly] here. The only reason he wasn’t here is the money was too high. He’s still a really good football player in this league.”
The 6-foot-8 forward was a star for the Syracuse Nationals from 1948-63, winning Rookie of the Year and being named an All-Star 12 times. He was the first player in NBA history to total 15,000 career points.
When the Nationals moved to Philadelphia in 1963 to become the 76ers, Schayes moved as well and coached the team for four seasons.
“Dolph Schayes was one of the most influential figures in NBA history,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “He helped the NBA grow from its earliest days, emerging as one of the game’s first stars and displaying the kind of passion for competition and commitment to excellence that has come to define our league.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 11, 1954, which Bruins goalie recorded his 27th and final career shutout with a 3-0 victory over the Canadiens?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “People are going to try to make a big deal out of this, but I’ve played with worse than this before, even this season. This I’m not very worried about. My elbow a couple years back was way more painful. This was painful when it happened, but it’s football. In a game of football you’re going to play with pain. If you don’t play with pain you’re probably in the wrong sport.” — Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, revealing he broke his hand in practice Wednesday but still plans to play in Sunday’s game against the Patriots
STAT OF THE DAY: 1 —Tom Brady‘s rank in balloting for the Pro Bowl, as the Patriots quarterback had 502,913 online votes in the most recent totals announced Thurssday, putting him almost 30,000 votes ahead of Panthers QB Cam Newton
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Kings guard Rajon Rondo drives on the Knicks and finishes with a rare dunk.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin gets a flagrant 2 foul after whacking Bulls forward Taj Gibson in the face.
Knicks center Robin Lopez’s feud with NBA mascots continues as Kings mascot Slamson the Lion gets the best of this encounter.
After scoring a goal for Sporting CP in a Europa League win over Besiktas, Colombian soccer player Teo Gutierrez takes the referee’s vanishing spray and attempts (but fails) to draw something on the field, earning him a yellow card.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Sugar Jim Henry, who retired the following season after taking a puck to his face
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Big Mama Thornton, who died in 1984, was born on this day in 1926.