Ugly Scenes Unfold as Providence College Students Clash Before High-Stakes Basketball Match Against Georgetown
Providence College students found themselves entangled in chaotic scenes just before the highly anticipated basketball match against Georgetown, with fans trampling over each other outside the Amica Mutual Pavilion.
The incident occurred as security struggled to maintain order following an early morning gathering of students eager to ‘welcome’ back former Providence head coach Ed Cooley and the Georgetown Hoyas.
Barstool Founder’s Dire Warning
Barstool Sports founder, Dave Portnoy, and a New England native, expressed concern about the situation, tweeting a video with the ominous message, ‘People are going to die at the Dunk today,’ referencing the venue’s former name, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
History of Scorn Towards Coach Cooley
Providence fans harbor resentment towards Coach Cooley, who served the school for over a decade, achieving notable milestones such as leading the team to its first Sweet 16 since the 1990s and securing its only Big East regular-season title in 2022.
However, their sentiments turned sour when Cooley, a Providence native, departed for Georgetown, becoming the first head coach in Big East Conference history to switch schools.
Building Anticipation and Hostile Atmosphere
The build-up to this particular game has been intense, with ticket prices soaring to four figures.
Cooley’s return to Providence sparked anger among Friars fans, resulting in a hostile atmosphere at Amica Mutual Pavilion hours before the game commenced.
The anticipation for the matchup has been brewing throughout the season, reaching a boiling point in the lead-up to the faceoff.
Providence College Fans Jostle for Seats
Despite Cooley’s past successes with Providence, the decision to leave for Georgetown has fueled anger among the passionate Friars supporters.
The incident at Amica Mutual Pavilion reflects the culmination of this season-long frustration, as students packed the venue early, creating a tense and unruly atmosphere even before the basketball game began.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn