Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen announce today the university will appeal a $25,000 fine tossed out by the Big 12 Conference for the field storming that took place after the win over then #6 ranked West Virginia.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the school did not have the appropriate measures in place to ensure a safe environment for West Virginia. Commissioner Bowlsby released the following statement;
“We have a duty to provide a safe game environment, 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. Although the Big 12 conference does not currently have a policy prohibiting spectators from entering playing areas for post-game celebrations, it is of utmost importance that home game management provide adequate security measures for our student-athletes, coaches, game officials and spectators.”
The fine and public reprimand comes not too long after West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen claimed the celebration was “unprofessional”
Iowa State stormed the field after beating #6 West Virginia. The Big 12 is reviewing the tape. WV Head Coach Dana Holgorsen wasn't pleased with the safety. Matt Campbell responds. pic.twitter.com/LuLQfTpAk2— SoundOFF (@SoundOFF13) October 15, 2018
Jamie Pollard says that Iowa State has reviewed the steps taken after the game and found that everything went according to plan. Part of the argument will certainly be to look back at the field storming that took place after the TCU and the officials from TCU had no complaints that are publically known. Iowa State also states they took additional measures in addition to the original plan.
Stay tuned as the appeal develops in the future.