Lloyd Carr saw it coming. Four days before bringing his team to Columbus for its game against rival Ohio State, the Michigan coach said he was terrified of what could happen.
Carr said he feared for his safety because so many fans are allowed to run onto the field at the end of a big game.
"I think it's extremely dangerous," he said. "It has be addressed before something happens that we're going to all regret."
After a Saturday of frightening postgame celebrations in Berkeley, Clemson, Columbus, Pullman and Raleigh, not to mention a players-only brawl in Honolulu, college football has a problem that computers can't solve. It's a people problem, and school officials better come up with the answer quickly before Carr's words come true.
The day after the biggest rivalry weekend of the season, the results of the Apple Cup, Big Game and Michigan-Ohio State took a backseat to pepper spray, trash tossing, injured fans, street fires, fallen goal posts and dozens of arrests.
"I feared for my life," Washington athletic director Barbara Hedges said following the Huskies' 29-26 upset of Washington State for the Apple Cup. After the game, fans unhappy with a questionable game-ending decision by officials showered the field with bottles and plastic souvenirs.
-- At Berkeley, hundreds of Cal fans overwhelmed security guards and tore down the goal posts following the Golden Bears' 30-7 win over Stanford in the Big Game. Some fans were led away in handcuffs. The game ended with 11 seconds still on the clock.
-- On a day No. 2 Ohio State beat No. 12 Michigan 14-9 and clinched a spot in the BCS national title game in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3, state troopers used pepper spray to keep fans away from one of the goal posts. There were eight arrests for disorderly conduct and open-container violations. Early Sunday, police said about 45 more arrests were made near campus after at least a dozen fires were reported.
-- After Clemson's 27-20 win over South Carolina, a 67-year-old sheriff's officer and a woman were hurt when fans rushed the field and tore down a goal post. Although the two were taken away by ambulance, neither injury was believed to be life-threatening.
-- In Raleigh, N.C., three people were injured on the field when fans ripped apart the goal posts following NC State's 17-7 win over Florida State. One person had a broken leg and two others had knee injuries. There were 21 arrests, and police used pepper spray on fans.
-- After Hawaii's tense 20-19 win over Cincinnati, players from both sides charged the field and fought for nearly five minutes before coaches and police restored order. There was a lot of trash talk during the game, and Cincinnati was called for several personal fouls, including a late hit that injured quarterback Timmy Chang with 3:29 left.
As the Bearcats left the field under police escort, fans pelted the players with water bottles and trash. Police used pepper spray on the crowd, but there were no arrests.
Of course, this is nothing new in a sport that at times seems more concerned with strength of schedules than safety.
Just last week, after Texas Tech upset Texas 42-38 in Lubbock, thousands of fans stormed the field and went for the goal posts -- defying a zero-tolerance policy put in place two days earlier. No arrests were made, but school officials quickly dismantled the goal posts before the fans could rip them apart.
"Practically speaking, I don't see how we could have made any arrests," Capt. Gordon Hoffman of the Texas Tech campus police said. "When you have those kind of numbers, it's not possible."
After a last-second win over Miami of Ohio a few weeks ago, Marshall fans ran onto the field to celebrate. Miami defensive coordinator Jon Wauford was led off the field in handcuffs, accused of shoving a 36-year-old man who fell and hit his head on the artificial turf.
"There have been some incidents that have taken wonderful games and have cast a negative cloud over them," Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said before the latest Michigan-Ohio State classic.
College fans want to debate who's worthy of winning the Heisman Trophy or who belongs in the BCS title game.
First, however, the talk should be about safety. And what to do about it.
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