Over the weekend, allegations of inappropriate conduct by fans in Ames towards the Iowa marching band during the Cy-Hawk game surfaced. Details of what went down have not been released, but now, the two in-state rivals are on the same page about things.
Earlier this week, Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard passed on commenting, as he said he had not yet been informed of what happened. He and Iowa’s Gary Barta have apparently discussed the alleged incident.
The two rival athletic directors put out a joint statement, saying that both bands have been the subject of poor treatment by the fan bases on the road. They’re now calling for both fan bases to do better in being welcoming of the opposing fans during the Cy-Hawk rivalry.
“Both the University of Iowa and Iowa State University are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone attending events on their respective campuses. This includes members of the school’s marching bands. Unfortunately, both the Hawkeye and Cyclone marching bands have been the target of unacceptable behavior at football games in Iowa City and Ames in recent years. Some of the conduct directed at the students in our respective marching bands recently has been rude, vulgar, and in some cases, violent. We should all feel embarrassed when students in the bands don’t feel safe when performing at an away game. Each of our athletics departments is committed to doing whatever is necessary to improve the environment for visiting school marching bands in the future. A significant part of the solution is insisting our fans help address this issue by showing more respect to our visitors. We owe it to these hardworking performers to have a safe stage on which they can showcase their spirit and talent.”
The statement once again stops short of describing what actually happened in Ames. It doesn’t sound like it will be released in any official capacity.
Saturday’s game was marred a bit by a number of bizarre circumstances.
The game was put into weather delay on multiple instances, and stretched way beyond the time frame for a normal mid-afternoon game.
The end of the game fit the bill as well. Iowa State muffed a late Iowa punt, giving the Hawkeyes possession and sealing the win for Iowa, 18-17.