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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Fight! Fight! Fight! KU, K-State Players Brawl at End of Game

One of the worst fights in college basketball history erupted in scary fashion on Tuesday night at Allen Field House in Lawrence, Kansas.
"In a news release, KU athletic director Jeff Long called the conduct of a handful of Jayhawk student athletes “simply unacceptable and not reflective of who we are.”

“There is no place for this conduct in college athletics or here at KU,” Long said. “I would like to apologize to the Big 12 Conference, Kansas State University, (athletic director) Gene Taylor, Bruce Weber and all fans for the lack of sportsmanship from members of our team this evening.”

(KU coach Bill) Self called his players’ roles in the incident “an embarrassment.”

Kyle Boone at CBS Sports: A look at eight relevant moments that happened before, during and after Tuesday's events
"Historic Allen Fieldhouse erupted in pandemonium Tuesday night as No. 3 Kansas was putting the finishing touches on a walloping of rival Kansas State. The bedlam centered around a dust-up-turned-brawl, and players from both teams spilled into the stands. Punches were thrown. Benches were cleared. A chair was lifted as a weapon then subsequently dropped prior to usage. Yes, that all really happened.

In all, one technical was assessed, both benches were ejected, and due to a new NCAA rule, the remaining second left on the clock had to be played out. And so amid the chaos, they did. Now, you may be asking yourself: WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

I can assure you you're not alone. Here's every relevant event before, during and after the brouhaha in the Jayhawks' 81-59 victory over Kansas State on Tuesday which will not be remembered for the game."
Apparently, this was the flashpoint:
"In the final seconds of KU’s 81-60 victory at Allen Fieldhouse, K-State’s DaJuan Gordon stole the ball as KU’s Silvio De Sousa was holding the ball while trying to run out the clock. When Gordon went up for a layup, De Sousa emphatically blocked the shot, towering over Gordon before both benches cleared for a melee.

ESPN cameras showed De Sousa throwing punches, and at one point, he held a stool above his head before KU assistant coach Jerrance Howard appeared to knock it away."

Learn some humility, young man. It will serve you well.

Jesse Newell at the KC Star: KU’s Bill Self calls fight with K-State an ‘embarrassment,’ promises quick punishments
“I know we were in the wrong,” Self said. “I’m not saying both parties weren’t in the wrong, but I know that we were in the wrong.”

Self had made it to the scrum when De Sousa held the stool above his head.
“I actually saw that. I was there when that happened, which regardless of what happened, it’s a terrible image,” Self said, “and there certainly will be consequences for that.”

"...KU athletic director Jeff Long released a statement Tuesday night, apologizing to the Big 12, K-State, K-State athletic director Gene Taylor, coach Bruce Weber and all fans for KU’s lack of sportsmanship.
“The conduct of a few of our student-athletes at the conclusion of tonight’s game vs. Kansas State was simply unacceptable and not reflective of who we are,” Long said. “Coach Self and I will review the incident, along with the Big 12 Conference and Kansas State to determine appropriate consequences. There is no place for this conduct in college athletics or here at KU.”
KU coach Bill Self tried to separate players after a brawl broke out at the end of the Kansas-Kansas State basketball game on Tuesday night, January 21, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. RICH SUGG RSUGG@KCSTAR.COM