On Saturday, Houston’s No.19 ranked Cougars secured the American Athletic Conference title with their 24-13 victory over the No. 22 ranked Temple Owls. This is the school’s first conference title since winning the Conference USA title (almost a decade ago) in 2006. With that kind of huge win, one that guarantees them a New Year’s day bowl game, Coog fans eagerly began to rush the field to celebrate with their team and fellow fans…running right into some equally over-zealous security guards.
While fans on the field is usually prohibited, such restrictions are more or less sidelined in cases of such big wins. However some members of the the security company, Contemporary Services Corporation, can be seen body slamming, punching and kicking Cougar fans trying to gain access to the field. What’s interesting is some fans look to be singled out while others are allowed to rush the field. Regardless, the violent actions of the event staff has triggered an investigation into the company’s practices by both the University and Contemporary Services Corporation. Investigations that could have some of the staffers facing termination.
In a statement to ABC’s 13, the security company said;
Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC) is aware of the events that occurred following today’s University of Houston football game. Training is provided to CSC employees for responding to such situations. Any actions by CSC personnel that contradict our training, CSC’s other requirements, or the law, are not condoned by CSC and will not be tolerated. We are currently performing an investigation of the events and will take appropriate action based on the outcome of our investigation.
Those terminations not help their case with their employer though, as the University has already terminated the security company’s contract.
University of Houston Vice President for Athletics Hunter Yuracheck said last night that; “After viewing initial videos of today’s postgame activity, I am extremely disappointed and angered with the actions taken by individuals employed by our security contractor CSC. We are working with the University of Houston police to review today’s activities and will take swift and appropriate action including the termination of our current contract with CSC and any legal action deemed necessary.”
It’s a shame that a proud moment for our Cougars is being overshadowed by the ugly actions of some. Hopefully the University can also look into being more explicit with future event staff that fans on the field are welcome after such a momentous win for the school, with that said, GO COOGS!!