It's been the week to beat on the defenseless.
First we had Arkansas' Marquel Wade's hit on Vanderbilt's Jonathan Krause (which Wade and his mom both apologized for) then it was Northern Illinois linebacker Jamaal Bass and his assault on a Toledo band member. Now, we have footage of a TCF Bank Stadium security guard leveling Minnesota fans as they tried to rush the field after last week's 22-21 upset win over Iowa.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, security guards were instructed not to stop fans from coming onto the field if the Gophers won, but to protect the goal posts from being uprooted and carried off. Apparently, this particular security guard, dressed in a bright pink jacket, didn't get the memo as he lowered his shoulder and started picking off unsuspecting field rushers. A couple fell to the ground while others shook off the blows and continued to run toward the middle of the field. Minnesota athletic department spokesman Garry Bowman told the paper that the guard was hit in the head "and got angry about it and then started pushing fans down as they ran by him."
Minnesota fans haven't had a lot to celebrate this season, so why this security guard wanted to be a Bitter Betty killjoy is beyond comprehension, even if he was hit in the head.
Of course, hitting defenseless folks does come at a price. Wade was suspended a game by the SEC. Bass was suspended a game by NIU coach Dave Doeren. And our punchy security guard? Well, he was fired.