12.9.19

THE MOST RIDICULOUS SPORTS STORY OF THE WEEK?

I know, we're talking about the Mid-American Conference, and still ...
The University of Maine filed a Title IX complaint with Kent State University administrators this week, after a women's field hockey game hosted on the Ohio campus was cut short in overtime for Kent State football fireworks.

The Division I match between Maine (ranked 24th in the NCAA) and Temple University was tied at 0-0, heading into a second overtime period, when the teams were told to leave the field by a Kent State official, The Washington Post reported. The field, which was used as a neutral site for the game, needed to be clear by 10:30 a.m. to accommodate a fireworks display before Kent State football's noon game against Kennesaw State University at the neighboring Dix Stadium.

The teams were told months in advance by Kent State officials that the game would need to end by 10:30 a.m. per fire marshal regulations, but Kent State did not have an adequate plan in place if the match needed extra time, Andy Whitcomb, president of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, wrote in a statement.
There would have been more fireworks had Kent not prevailed over Kennesaw in overtime.

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