VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Authorities around the Villanova campus prepared -- and, yes, greasing utility poles -- in anticipation of fan celebrations as the school prevailed in the NCAA men's basketball championship game over Michigan on Monday.
Radnor police Lt. Chris Flanagan told The Philadelphia Inquirer that poles were being greased around the university, which straddles Radnor and Lower Merion townships. The move is to discourage fans from climbing the poles should the Wildcats win Monday night, which they did in a rout, 79-62.
Philadelphia police used oil and later hydraulic fluid during the Eagles' successful Super Bowl run to deter celebrating fans from climbing poles and possibly injuring themselves or others.
When Villanova won the title in 2016, most of the more than 20 arrests were for disorderly conduct. But Flanagan said at least four people were arrested for assaulting police horses.