New York, NY—The Big East Conference has imposed a $5,000 fine against Butler after hundreds of fans rushed onto the basketball court after the Bulldog’s win over the visiting Villanova last Wednesday. But that money will ultimately help support bone marrow transplants.
The Big East Conference has a court storming policy which limits access to the playing court and “prohibits spectators from entering the competition area before, during or after a game.”
The statement on the fine did credit the Butler athletics staff preparedness to assist game referees, players and coaches from both teams to safely leave the basketball court area.
The Big East and Butler agreed the fine would be donated to a charity.
Butler Athletics designated Be The Match as the charity to receive the funding. Be the Match is a bone marrow registry that the school has actively supported since losing former Bulldog center Andrew Smith to leukemia one year ago this week.
Butler Vice President/Director of Athletics Barry Collier said, “Butler will make the contribution from our Bulldog Club account, which is the fundraising arm of Butler Athletics. We appreciate the support of our great fans.”