By: Kento Kato
Wichita State was not able to upset Kentucky over the weekend and to add insult to injury, the wife of Wichita State’s head coach, Greg Marshall had to be asked to leave the court, 10 minutes after the game for offensive language and shouting. Losing is never fun and I’m sure it is even harder to take a loss in the NCAA tournament. I am sure that every Wichita State fan and player and coach was upset. But Lynn Marshall has to know that her actions were irresponsible, unacceptable, and selfish.
According to Kennedy Hardman of WTVQ, arena security had to pay Lynn three separate visits during the game and considered having her leave the game. The security staff decided to allow her to stay due to the delicate nature of the situation knowing she was Greg Marshall’s wife.
This apparently is not the first time she has been loud or deliberate in her cheering, as she apparently is known to be an exuberant cheerleader of her husband’s team. And while the line between being a passionate fan and being disrespectful or disturbing can be a fine and blurry one sometimes, she has to know that by bringing unnecessary attention to her by making security talk to her, she is not only making herself look bad, but is brining down the image of the school and her husband. It may not look like the most selfish act right now, but imagine if Wichita State had won this game. These kids and Greg Marshall should have been getting all of the shine and the credit but Lynn Marshall definitely would have taken some of that spotlight away from them.
I am all for being loud and even a bit “in-your-face” about your school or your team, but you have to be smart about it. And if you are affiliated with that team or school, you have to be extra careful because of the repercussions it may have on not just you, but those around you.