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WAC suspends two after brawl spreads to fans

The Western Athletic Conference suspended New Mexico State junior guard K.C. Ross-Miller for two games and senior forward Renaldo Dixon for one for violating the league's sportsmanship policy after its review of a melee late Thursday in Orem, Utah.

Ross-Miller hurled the ball at Utah Valley's Holton Hunsaker seconds after the Wolverines' 66-61 victory over the Aggies. The ball hit Hunsaker, the son of Utah Valley coach Dick Hunsaker, in the leg. Some of the fans who stormed the court after the victory got caught up in the chaos, and punches were thrown.

New Mexico State guard DK Eldridge was in the middle of the scrum before he was dragged away by Aggies coaches. With the victory, the Wolverines claimed the top spot in the conference standings in their first year in the WAC.

The NCAA does not have national rules regarding fans rushing the court because conference offices oversee regular-season rules in basketball, including discipline.

The SEC does ban the practice, imposing a $5,000 fine on the school for the first offense and as much as $50,000 for subsequent infractions.

Reggie Minton, deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, said his organization has discussed the issue in the past and it will be taken up again at meetings in April.

"The main concern is for the safety of the visiting players and coaching staff. Rushing the court almost always comes after a key victory or upset by the home team, and there are people rushing the court who may or may not understand what sportsmanship is about," Minton said.

Before the WAC weighed in on additional penalties, New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies suspended Ross-Miller indefinitely pending the WAC's decision. The junior starter also apologized in a statement.

FAU coach to Exit: Mike Jarvis will not return to the Owls after sixth season. Jarvis, 68, said he wants to pursue other basketball opportunities, though he had one year left on his contract. FAU is 10-19 overall and 5-9 in Conference USA. Jarvis has a record of 77-109 at FAU.

Football: Nebraska coach Bo Pelini will receive a $100,000 raise, to $3.075 million in annual salary.

WAC suspends two after brawl spreads to fans 02/28/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 11:00pm]

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