Two fights in two days between Kansas football and basketball players sent one basketball star to the hospital and left officials on the normally placid campus in Lawrence, Kan., searching for answers.
Tyshawn Taylor, a sophomore guard on the basketball team, which could be ranked as high as No. 1 in the preseason polls, was taken to a hospital Tuesday night for treatment of a hand injury that could sideline him up to a month.
Otherwise, there were no known injuries – and no known arrests or charges – in the two incidents.
The first fight broke out about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday outside Burge Union, the building where athletes take their meals. Police reports quoted witnesses as saying football and basketball players had been “baiting each other,” and that “there was a big mob of people outside the building and several people were fighting each other.”
Then, about 10 a.m. Wednesday on another part of campus, things got even uglier. Witnesses reported some players hurling racial insults and a basketball player shoving a football player down a few stairs.
Campus police captain Schuyler Bailey said no police report had been issued on the second incident because no one had brought a complaint.
Neither police nor school officials said they knew what started the fights.
Simon Fraser University will begin NCAA Division II play next fall, becoming the organization’s first non-U.S. member. The Burnaby, B.C., school will compete in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, which includes Central Washington, Saint Martin’s, Seattle Pacific and Western Washington, among others.