Fans in the Arizona student section, a.k.a. the “Zona Zoo,” got themselves in hot water earlier this month for loudly chanting “F*** the refs!” during a nationally televised basketball game against Stanford. The university responded with an effort to crack down on such misbehavior. As part of that effort, interim head coach Kevin O’Neill sent out a video message to his school’s students earlier this week, urging them to “be positive” in their chants:
O’Neill also apparently gave the students an in-person lecture about the vulgarity issue before last night’s game against USC. And he told the Daily Wildcat in an article published yesterday: “I’m going to encourage them not to use vulgar profanity directed at anyone. The bottom line is we have the largest student section I’ve ever seen, but I think we need to carry ourselves in a first-class manner indicative of what our university, athletic department and basketball program are.”
But alas, during the waning moments of USC’s 70-58 win over the Wildcats last night, some bozo in the Zona Zoo decided it would be a good idea to throw a full water bottle at the USC bench — nearly hitting head coach Tim Floyd. Here’s the video:
To his great credit, O’Neill quickly grabbed the microphone, vigorously scolded the perpetrator, and apologized to Floyd and the Trojans. Good for him. Hopefully Arizona can get this nonsense under control.
On an unrelated note, I love how ESPN named O.J. Mayo the “Rogaine Player of the Game.” LOL! I’m sure he deeply appreciates the honor.