MANHATTAN, Kan. – -Kansas State University president Kirk Schulz announced on Tuesday the sanctions to be imposed for the marching band’s halftime routine during Saturday’s season opener. The Kansas State band made a formation depicting the Starship Enterprise from “Star Trek” attacking a Kansas Jayhawk, their biggest rival, during their game against South Dakota. However, many thought the spaceship wound up resembling male genitalia.
Uh… interesting formation for the Kansas State band. pic.twitter.com/SB36JBFEEc
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 6, 2015
After social media lit up about performance, the band director and the president of the university apologized.
When he announced the sanctions, President Schulz reminded everyone of the sportsmanship pledge that was signed by K-State students.
- The sanctions include a self-imposed $5,000 fine to be paid to the Big 12 Conference for violation of the league sportsmanship policy.
- A single-game suspension for the university director of bands. The suspension will take place Nov. 28 at the game against the University of Kansas.
- Prior approval for the content of all band halftime shows by representatives from the Office of Student Life and the Athletic Department.
“At Saturday’s home football opener Kansas State University fell short of its obligation to conduct itself in a consistent manner with the principles of sportsmanship,” said President Kirk Schulz. “Good sportsmanship is part of the Wildcat way; we do not want to do anything that takes away from the tremendous efforts of our student athletes and the award-winning Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.”
We apologize for anyone offended by our halftime performance depicting the starship enterprise and the Jayhawk mascot.
— The Pride of Wildcat Land (@KStatePride) September 6, 2015
Kansas State Marching Band Director Frank Tracz released a statement saying the band’s set formation was not meant to be “anything other than the Enterprise and the Jayhawk in battle.”
Tracz ended his statement saying he did not mean to disrespect the University of Kansas.
“We look forward to our upcoming athletic contests with the expectation of sportsmanlike conduct from the entire K-State family,” Schulz said in a news release on Tuesday.