Iowa State loses appeal of $25K fine after upset win

UPDATE:    Iowa State University's appeal of a $25,000 fine imposed by the Big 12 Athletic Conference has been denied.   The Conference announced the fine after students stormed the field at Jack Trice Stadium after the Cyclones upset victory of West Virginia.  

The school released a statement from President Wendy Wintersteen: 

“Our institution takes the safety and welfare of all student-athletes, officials, and fans very seriously and we will continue to review and refine our safety protocols based upon our actual experiences.”

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AMES, Iowa  —  The Big 12 Athletic Conference has fined Iowa State University $25,000 because of the fans celebration over Iowa State’s upset victory over West Virginia Saturday.

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby issued a statement:  

“The Iowa State Department of Athletics has a written event management policy that was not thoroughly implemented, and was unsuccessful in ensuring the safety and security of all visiting team game participants.”

The Big 12 does not ban spectators from entering the field after a game but schools are required to have a plan for “field storming” to happen safely.

Iowa State has released a statement, saying its review found no wrongdoing.

“Iowa State responded to the Big 12 Conference office on Monday morning that it had reviewed the actions that were taken by law enforcement officers and security staff including reviewing videos provided by the Big 12 Conference, body cameras carried by law enforcement personnel, and video captured by other members of our staff, and concluded that law enforcement officers and event staff had not only followed all post-game celebration policies, as submitted to, and approved by, the Big 12 Conference on August 31, 2018, they had also taken several additional measures to help make the situation safer.  “

(Photo from Channel 13 WHO-TV)


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