On Saturday night, a small riot broke out on University Boulevard in Tucson, Arizona, when the Arizona Wildcats lost their Elite Eight battle against the Badgers from Wisconsin. It all started innocently enough, with drunk fans gathering in the streets after the game. However, once the riot cops gave the orders to disperse, a few of the more rowdy drunks starting throwing bottles and cans, and pretty soon the cops were firing non-lethal projectiles and roughing people up.
Now that the dust has settled, the TPD’s department of internal affairs is investigating whether some of the officers acted with more aggression that was necessary. However, in the end there were no serious injuries reported and no real property damage, and only 15 people were arrested. So as far as college sports riots go, this one was pretty tame.
You want to see some that weren’t so tame? Take a look at this list of the most extreme college sports riots of all time. It will give you a pretty good idea of just how much worse things could have been.