Kansas State imposes sanctions for inappropriate half-time show

Tuesday September 8th, 2015

Kansas State has announced internal sanctions for the band's inappropriate half-time performance against South Dakota on Saturday.

The university's administration and band issued an apology to the chancellor and athletic director at Kansas after the Wildcat band failed to form an image of the Kansas Jayhawk mascot and Star Trek's Starship Enterprise crashing into it. The spaceship instead appeared to be male genitalia. 

Kansas State issued a self-imposed $5,000 fine to be paid to the Big 12 Conference for violation of the league's sportsmanship policy and a single-game suspension for the university's band director, Frank Tracz (to be served on Nov. 28 against Kansas). The content of all band half-time shows will now receive prior approval by a representative from the office of student life and the athletic department.

Tracz, also posted an image of the band's drill plan on Facebook with an apology.

"The chart below represents the drill from tonight’s show. There was absolutely no intent to display anything other...

Posted by K-State Marching Band on Saturday, September 5, 2015

Kansas State defeated South Dakota 34-0 to open the season. Kansas lost to South Dakota State 41-38 at home.

- Christopher Chavez

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