When I worked this season's UCLA/Oregon basketball game at Mac Court in Eugene, I witnessed some of the worst student behavior in my career. Some of the things the students were saying about home-state hero Kevin Love and his family were flat out despicable.
Maybe I'm old school, but I've never liked the idea of chastising opposing players and coaches. It's one thing to openly root for your team, but trying to ridicule your opponent simply because you can embarrasses your fan base in my opinion. As is often the case in sports arenas around the world, the actions of a few Oregon students cast a bad light on the entire Pit Crew.
In fact, the last time I worked a game at Mac Court, I spoke to some of the students and we talked about their treatment of Love and his family. Some of them actually admitted that in retrospect, some of the taunts probably went too far. I sensed genuine remorse. The last thing these students would want to do is to bring shame to their beloved Ducks. Now, don't get me wrong. If Love stays at UCLA for another season and returns to Eugene next year, they will be all over him again, but I very seriously doubt it will be to the level it was this season.
I will give credit though to both the University of Oregon and the PAC-10 for quickly responding to the students poor behavior. There's only so much either can do to quell such lack of decorum, but at least they are trying. Making a statement that such behavior will not be tolerated should go along way in curtailing future examples of tasteless taunting.