The University of Missouri will not pursue any charges against 30 fans who were arrested while rushing the field after a 36-27 victory over then top-ranked Oklahoma.
The 30 offenders were just a drop in a sea of Tiger fans who stormed the field, tore down the goalposts and proceeded to — in all likelihood — engage in a wild night of partying and celebrating that made you wish you were in college again.
According to the Associated Press report, Columbia campus chancellor Brady Deaton said in a statement Thursday that the game presented officials with “unique circumstances.” Deaton didn’t elaborate, but went on to say that after careful review the university decided not to forward the trespassing summonses to the city prosecutor.
Many of the arrested “trespassers”, including student Christopher Deem, were questioning the fairness of the actions taken by Missouri police. “If they’re going to let 30,000 people rush the field, they shouldn’t arrest 30. If they’re going to try and be all politically correct by arresting people and say it’s for safety, I don’t think they should be selling photos of it,” Deem told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
As you can imagine, the university took a slightly different view of the situation. “It’s a safety thing. I can tell you one thing: Those 30 were safe after they were arrested,” said Missouri police chief Jack Watring. Watring also mentioned that only 30 people were arrested due to the number police officers on the field.
Under Missouri state law, first-degree trespassing is classified as a misdemeanor and punishable by either a $500 fine or up to six months in the slammer.