In preparation for a possible NCAA men's basketball championship win, the University of Pittsburgh is readying itself for potential rioting on campus after the April 6 final game, the Pitt News reports. The pre-emptive fight against rioting will be led by the university's Celebration Task Force, which was formed just after the Steelers' win at this year's Super Bowl when revelers caused at least $150,000 worth of damage on campus. "I was so disappointed after the Super Bowl," said the dean of students. "[The students] have left me no choice."
The university has instituted a no-tolerance policy for dangerous celebrations and right now is focusing on outreach, reminding students to stay responsible. Expulsion, especially for repeat offenders, is a possibility.
Officials hope to control the potential crush of people by screening the postgame show on a large screen surrounded by barricades and have planned a fireworks show if either the men's or the women's team wins the championship. One tactic considered and rejected: greasing light poles so they can't be climbed.