UPDATE: MU Students Association, senator seek leniency for arrested field rushers

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 | 8:23 p.m. CDT; updated 1:47 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 24, 2011
Fans rush the field after the Missouri win against OU.

This story has been updated since its original publication.

COLUMBIA — About 30 people were arrested on charges of trespassing during the rush to the field after Missouri’s win against Oklahoma.

Now, different people and organizations are pushing for leniency toward those arrested.


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State Sen. Kurt Schaefer asked for leniency in a news release.

“Many of these individuals arrested are students who will now have to face the task of looking for a job after graduation with a criminal record," Schaefer said. "Perhaps we could look for a compromise given the excitement of the moment this event generated.”

Schaefer asked MU to drop the trespassing charges and instead give a lesser punishment, such as community service.

Also seeking to help protect the students is the Missouri Students Association.

“We have to stand up for the students,” MSA President Tim Noce said.

MSA is trying to find more information about Saturday's arrests. It is trying to figure out what agencies arrested the students and is also trying to talk to the students themselves. With that information, the association hopes to work with MU administrators to try to work something out.

MSA is also questioning the use of pictures of students rushing onto Faurot Field on university websites, Noce said.

The university was also selling photos of the scene on the field, MSA Senator Matt Sheppard said. *As of Wednesday the website has no photos available of students rushing the field.

“We want to make sure there is no double standard," Noce said. “I don’t understand how the university is profiting off of what the students did but arresting and ticketing them at the same time.”

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Amber Hanneken October 27, 2010 | 7:52 a.m.

“We want to make sure there is no double standard," Noce said. “I don’t understand how the university is profiting off of what the students did but arresting and ticketing them at the same time.”

Great quote and well said.

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T. R. Vaughan October 27, 2010 | 8:40 a.m.

If the county is inflexible on this, I hope that every student will fight it in court. There aren't twelve people in Boone County that would convict and the cost of thirty trials would persuade prosecutors to be more circumspective in the future. And Tim Noce is right: it is a double standard.

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Linda Dunne October 27, 2010 | 8:46 a.m.

That's why Columbia is a college town and not a "city". If they were a city they'd file charges. It doesn't matter that they won, so what, they didn't listen when they were told to stay in the stands. The, oh so important win could still had been celebrated by staying in the stands. Obviously the other side of the stadium had no problems staying in their seats. It doesn't matter if they did only get 30 out of 30,000, someone got hurt and someone could have been killed. That's why I said this is more of a college town that it is a city, the kids get all kinds of breaks but if it was an everyday commoner that actually lives in this town year round, there would be no breaks. Stop babying MU and start being fair.

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D Leek October 27, 2010 | 9:12 a.m.

There will be 30 more alumni who hang up every time the university makes those fund raising phone calls.

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Taylor Combs October 27, 2010 | 9:36 a.m.

I think it's also important to note that if you were seated closer to the field in the student section, you suddenly had thousands of people rushing down around you trying to get to the field. From my experience, I think sitting or standing there and not moving forward would have been way more dangerous than letting yourself get pushed along. If you stayed, you'd get trampled. What do they expect people to do?

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Kevin Fletcher October 27, 2010 | 11:51 a.m.

The University had the photos removed from the store yesterday. Now there's no double-standard.

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Allison Seibel October 27, 2010 | 2:38 p.m.

Linda, I just want to clarify that the 30 arrested were not all students and that people came onto field from both sides of the stadium, not just the student section.

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Linda Dunne October 27, 2010 | 3:13 p.m.

Allison thank you for the clarification. Either way if you're told to sit still, you sit still. My minor son knows how to follow directions and rules. He knows and understands that if you're not going to follow the rules and listen to what you're told and make bad choices anyway, you're going to have to suffer the consequences. It's that simple to me. How can adults expect children to follow suit when they can't listen to basic instructions and follow rules that involved other people's safety. I say charge all 30. I don't care if they won the Super Bowl and were going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, rules are rules, and noone should be able to get away with breaking them because, "whoopee" they won a game. For the people who don't think it's a big deal, I'm sure you wouldn't feel that way if it was someone you loved that got hurt, maimed, or worse killed in a stampede.

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Mari Neberieza October 27, 2010 | 3:44 p.m.

as someone who has experience something like this before, i was at the nebraska game in 2003 sitting 10 rows off the field in the student section, i think its ridiculous. i was only 18 but that doesnt matter. If i didnt go on the field i was going to get trampled and really hurt. everyone was pushing and jostling you to go on the field, there was no way i wasnt going. Yeah i was excited to run around the field, but i was scared not to go. i did not get arrested in 03 but a friend did. they should charge them with 2nd degree trespassing and give them a fine like they did to my friend in 03, maybe some community service too....

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Sarah Bailey October 27, 2010 | 3:54 p.m.

I don't think it's fair to charge those 30 people when hundreds (at least) rushed the field. They were just the unlucky few who were caught. I doubt the fact that 30 people were arrested is going to stop anyone from rushing the field next time. The odds are in one's favor not to be caught, particularly if a ton of people rush the field. Plus they aren't charging the people who essentially stole the goalposts and took them to Harpos are they?

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Morgan Lane October 27, 2010 | 3:58 p.m.

I think it is really silly that they are trying to charge these students.There were a WHOLE LOT more fans running out to,why were these 30 students singled out.I understand the whole "there was 4 seconds left" but OMG really.Their Tigers had just beat Oklahome whom they have not beat in a long time.This is a really crazy thing to bring on these Students and in my opinion ALL charges should be dropped show Mizzou a little respect and don't charge the students.Show some common sense people -ZOU!

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Morgan Lane October 27, 2010 | 4:10 p.m.

So don't get on here sayin they should be charged.You know they shouldnt and that's that.No one got killed so why bring that up.

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A Howe October 27, 2010 | 4:27 p.m.

How do you pick out the thirty. Looked like more than that to me. If there is a punishment...........let them do some community service.

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Andrew Hansen October 27, 2010 | 4:38 p.m.

The University has always had a double standard on fan behavior. On one hand they encourage rabid fandom, but the then also reserve the right to randomly punish students for it also. This have not changed in the 20 years since I was a Freshman.

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Ellis Smith October 27, 2010 | 5:10 p.m.

Golly! On the same Saturday in Austin, Texas the Iowa State Cyclones defeated the Texas Longhorns in an upset.

Thank God that game wasn't played in Ames, Iowa! Cyclone fans might have rushed the field, killed the entire Texas team and coaches, and then burned down half of Ames.


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Cathy Wylie October 28, 2010 | 7:12 a.m.

I wonder if the ladies wanting to prosecute these 30 kids have EVER REALLY backed any sports team to realize the true excitement that can be experienced. I also believe that these ladies have NO children college age that could have been one of these 30! For many many years I have watched MU students abide by rules set for them and this was an EXCEPTION! If MU pursues this they have hurt the sports program by offending students and alumnis!

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Linda Dunne October 28, 2010 | 11:02 a.m.

Actually Cathy I am HUGE sports fan. I love football and watch Pro games every Sunday and on Monday nights and have since I was a little kid sitting with my dad. As well as Baseball. So you're wrong there as far as I'm concerned. As far as if it was 1 of my sons that would have been 1 of the 30, I'd still say charge em. I believe in being a harda$$ and not babying people or money. For the people on the bottom levels I understand if they felt like they had to run for their safety so they wouldn't get crushed. However, they wouldn't had to worry about that if their fellow fans would have stayed in their seats. I'll stop proving my point. I need to remember that anything tied into MU is a whole different rules and regulation enforcer when it comes to rules, the law, and people being punished for not following them. I'm done commenting, you all keep babying. Just remember that when it comes to other people getting charged for other things that doesn't relate to a MU football game. Be safe Columbia. Don't forget about the service and vigil tonight @ United Methodist Church on Wilkes for Jerry, the homeless guy that was killed over the weekend.

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Andrew Hansen October 28, 2010 | 11:48 a.m.

If the students had not rushed the field at the end of the game MU would have looked like a joke on national television. Our enthusiasm is already considered suspect (How many times have we heard "MU fans don't travel."), and that has hurt us in the bowl invites.

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