The Big 12 Conference Tuesday issued a public reprimand and $25,000 fine to Iowa State University after fans entered the playing field following the football team's upset victory against West Virginia in Ames.
The Iowa State Cyclones take a snap against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Oct. 6 (Josh Christensen/KCRG)
The conference notified the university on Sunday that they had initiated a review of whether certain policies had been effectively implemented during the post-game period.
In a statement, the conference cited its Principles and Standards of Sportsmanship as justification for the punishment. The guidance does not specifically outline a policy prohibiting fans from rushing the field after a game, but the conference does require member schools to manage sporting events in a way that ensures safety and security for athletes, coaches, and officials.
“We have a duty to provide a safe game environment," Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. “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.
Iowa State University President Dr. Wendy Wintersteen responded to the punishment by announcing the university would appeal the decision, stating that the school had fulfilled its obligations under its pre-established policies.
"Our institution takes the safety and welfare of all student-athletes, officials, and fans very seriously. We have reviewed all of our procedures, including several videos of the post-game celebration, and we do not agree with Commissioner Bowlsby's assessment of the events that evening," Wintersteen said.
The appeal, once submitted, will be heard by the conference's Board of Directors.