Kansas State accepts sanctions after ‘offensive’ band formation during halftime show

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (September 8, 2015) — Kansas State University officials have agreed to sanctions following the marching band’s halftime performance last Saturday.

According to ESPN, Kansas State will pay a self-imposed $5,000 fine to the Big 12, a single-game suspension of its band director, and mandatory approval of all halftime shows by university officials from now on.

The sanctions were put in motion after Kansas State was contacted by Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

Bowlsby publicly reprimanded band director Frank Tracz for the inappropriate use of a member institution logo.

“The actions of the marching band depicting the disintegration of a member institution’s mascot was inconsistent with the principles and expectations of the Big 12 Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Policy,” Bowlsby said Tuesday in a statement.

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 will serve his one-game suspension when Kansas State plays Kansas on November 28.

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