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C-USA won't levy fine over incident at Memphis-UAB game

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Conference USA said it would not penalize either UAB or Memphis for an ugly incident that occurred after last week's game at Bartow Arena, but UAB made changes to keep its students away from visiting players.

The conference office said the confrontation, which occurred Saturday night after the top-ranked Tigers beat UAB 79-78, was discussed by its directors at a meeting this week.

"We are confident that both Memphis and UAB have addressed these issues and taken the necessary steps to make sure this type of situation does not happen again," the league said in a statement. "These matters will be addressed internally by the institutions."

The incident began when several UAB fans ran on the court thinking that Lawrence Kinnard's short jumper provided the winning points. The fans traded words with Memphis players before security personnel and Memphis coaches ushered the players toward the tunnel leading to the Tigers' locker room.

The verbal altercation between the UAB students and Memphis players escalated in the tunnel as some UAB students threw cups, water bottles, pompoms and at least one liquor bottle. Memphis sophomore Pierre Niles, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward, slapped a UAB student.

UAB officials declined comment on whether anyone was disciplined. But during the Blazers' win over Houston on Wednesday, students were no longer in seats bordering the tunnel to the visiting team's locker room.


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