Iowa fans upset with Stanford band’s 2016 Rose Bowl performance

Thursday January 21st, 2016

The Stanford band’s halftime show performance at the 2016 Rose Bowl has caused quite the stir among Iowa fans, report Matt Brown and Rodger Sherman of SB Nation. 

After the performance, which made fun of Iowa’s agricultural history, University of Iowa officials received a number of letters calling for action. 

“After the disrespectful behavior of the Stanford band towards the people of Iowa this evening, I would respectfully request that any Stanford bands/orchestras/etc be banned from performing at the University of Iowa for at least the next 50 years,” one person wrote to Iowa president Bruce Harreld in an email obtained by SB Nation.

The individual goes onto call the Stanford band’s performance “insulting and juvenile” and urges the school to send a message “that poor sportsmanship comes at a price.”

Stanford's athletic director also was contacted about the band’s performance. 

“This performance was not only disrespectful to the great Iowa fans that were guests to the state of California but also to the high school and college Marching Band participants throughout the United States,” a person wrote.

Additional emails were also written to Stanford's president and Iowa’s director of business.

This is not the first time the Stanford band has been criticized. Fans were also angry with the band’s Rose Bowl performances in 2013 and 2014.

After the game, the Rose Bowl said it would “review policies” regarding marching band performances. 

Stanford defeated Iowa 45–16 to win the Rose Bowl. 

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