Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Kansas State president asks fans to stop vulgar chants


Manhattan (ap) — The president of Kansas State University has asked Wildcat basketball fans to stop using vulgar chants targeted at the Kansas Jayhawks when the rivals meet in Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas State President Richard Myers spoke out against the chants Wednesday in a letter to the public posted on the university’s website. He described the chants as “personally embarrassing.”

Kansas State students chanted an expletive followed by “KU” in a variety of songs when the Jayhawks visited Manhattan on Feb. 6. Kansas pulled away late in the game, winning 74-71.

Myers says friends across the country reached out to him, expressing dismay about the conduct.

The university has tried in the past to address the chant by promoting sportsmanship and eliminating some songs from the arena’s playlist.


Joe Ross 3 years, 3 months ago

In the video you can see the Assistant Director of Bands at Kansas State (Don Linn) fist pumping and encouraging his students to participate in the "Fck KU chant. You'll see it at 00:17 and again later if you watch the entire video. He's wearing the headset and giving signals to the band throughout the video. This is a STAFF MEMBER. Both he and the Director of Bands Frank Tracz had designed and choreographed the infamous penis-eating Jayhawk in the 2015 season when the Jayhawks weren't even playing. Whilst you're trying to eliminate songs from the events' repetoire to discourage the chant, the brass in your very own band (pun intended) is encouraging it enthusiastically. Evidently, if you wanna clean up the misbehavior, Mr. Myers, start with your staff miscreants!

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 3 months ago

That's General Myers. The military rank is the proper/preferred means to address someone that has served. Washington began the US phase of that tradition.

Although classless, great enthusiasm by the KSU fans for sure!

Joe Ross 3 years, 3 months ago

Then I should probably expect that youll be addressing me as Sergeant Ross from here on.

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 3 months ago

lol, if you like. Sergeants are one rank while generals, especially the 4-star types are another...although sgt is the backbone of a combat unit.

Joe Ross 3 years, 3 months ago

The glaring difference is that sergeants are enlisted personnel and generals are officers. ;) Still, if you're saying that military rank is the preferred means to address someone who has served, both officers and non-commissioned officers fit under that umbrella. Again, if there is a preferred means to address a veteran from a social standpoint, then whether or not I wish to be called this or that is irrelevant. I am like a lot of other veterans, however, and most often shun any spotlight for my service. You seem very motivated, however, in addressing in just such a way.

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 3 months ago

Sgt Ross, yes I am. If I know someone's military rank, I always address them by that, regardless of how long they have been out of uniform.

Kent Richardson 3 years, 3 months ago

Thanks, Joe and VERY clever verbiage. Your passion is always welcome.

Andy Godwin 3 years, 3 months ago

I did not realize the extent of the fan participation. Very sad that the KSU administration has done little to condemn this type of behavior (current and past) or that the NCAA has not stepped in to penalize KSU. The bullsh*t chants from students at most university, including KU is borderline, but this level of vulgarity from their fan base should not be allowed. Certainly would not want children to witness this rude behavior.

Joe Ross 3 years, 3 months ago


hashtag: ihopeyoudontkissyourmomwiththatmouth

Jay Scott 3 years, 3 months ago

K State will need to win the next 100 games at the Octagon of Dumb to tie the current Jayhawk winning % there.

If they want to embarrass themselves further, that's on them.

Kathleen Ferris 3 years, 3 months ago

Can WE also get rid of the "rip his F-ing head off" chant at our football games.. completely classless especially when heard over the airways on a televised game.

Waylon Cook 3 years, 3 months ago

I have seen KU fans wishing Snyder the best during his illness. If Self was sick they would be laughing and probably chant about it. They are that classless. Misery was trash but seriously I have always ranked Kstate below them due to their complex. If you are a KU fan and say "I'll cheer for Kstate because they are in Kansas", ask yourself how often you hear their fans say that about KU. It will be rare. They would be too busy calling us the Chokehawks(no one has ever lost a game as a higher seed before) or something immature.

Myers did this for optics only. There will be no repercussions.

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 3 months ago

General Myers, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and North American Aerospace Defense Command, is a Vietnam combat veteran who was award the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

I'm sure people who officially represent the school, like the band leader and band, will get the message.

duke hester 3 years, 3 months ago

Amazing that you think they will. this vitriol from kittieland has been ongoing for years. can't imagine why anyone would think the 'leadership' of the kitties would get any message other than to admit thru lip-service that they don't like the fan chants.

Waylon Cook 3 years, 3 months ago

Not sure what his past military experience has to do with his optics or the price of tea in China. Did this man drop hammer on anyone? No just coach speak.

Suzi Marshall 3 years, 3 months ago

Respect for the man and the rank he represents. I'll bet my entire 401k you don't see that band leader or anyone else that represents KSU in any official capacity, other than the every day student, promote that kind of language while he remains in charge.

duke hester 3 years, 3 months ago

This is such a YAWN from the kitties.......the admin has to say something just for form. they did it on the football field, they do it every time any Hawk event is hosted by them. anything from administration on this topic reminds me of the cartoon of what a dog hears..."blah, blah, blah, Ginger (dog's name)".
It will only be AFTER someone is seriously hurt in public display, or maimed, etc. that maybe a real heartfelt sentiment is ever stated by any kittie leadership. I too have posted on my FB sentiments for Coach Snyder's recovery,....just as so many Hawk fans have. it is just the difference between fans knowing and holding themselves and others to not crossing 'the line'.

Mike Auer 3 years, 3 months ago

The part of this particular chant that is truly embarrassing is that they do it on a regular basis even when they are not playing KU.

Waylon Cook 3 years, 3 months ago

Remember in their mind they are everyone's rival!

Bert White 3 years, 3 months ago

I could be wrong... But wasn't it like 1 or 2 seasons ago they said they weren't going to play Sandstorm any more because of the chant. Yet they still play it?

It's good to hear the K-State president say his friends across the country shamed him for it, maybe he'll finally do something about it... But I'll believe it when I see it. More likely, he got bitched at by someone, rather it be ESPN for letting them chant profanities that were broadcasted or from the Big 12 or KU, so he's acting like he'll stop it...

Bryce Landon 3 years, 3 months ago

K-State's leadership is all talk and no action. They aren't good leaders there. They aren't leaders at all.

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