The NCAA Men’s Water Polo Committee has reprimanded the University of Southern California men’s water polo team for inappropriate and dangerous behavior and unsportsmanlike conduct following the championship game at the 2013 NCAA Water Polo Championship.
Specifically, the nonparticipating members of the men’s water polo team caused $2,144 in damage to the facility when they jumped from the stands to the pool deck and into the pool to celebrate with the team, despite warnings to the crowd not to rush the pool for safety reasons. Because of this, the committee has issued a public reprimand to the entire University of Southern California men’s water polo team.
“The NCAA works hard to provide exciting and safe championships experiences for student-athletes and fans,” said Matthew Glovaski, chair of the NCAA Men’s Water Polo Committee and Senior Associate Athletic Director for Advancement and External Affairs at Iona College. “While the committee understands the excitement of winning a national championship, it was disappointed in the University of Southern California men’s water polo team’s actions and disregard for safety precautions.”