Kansas State stole headlines Saturday afternoon during its season opener against South Dakota, but for all the wrong reasons. During the halftime show, the Kansas State band's formation was was intended to depict (for some odd reason) the Jayhawk mascot eating the Starship Enterprise, from the Star Trek series, but was perceived by many as something else. Something very unfortunate.
"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."
Following the backlash and notification from the BIg 12 Conference of potential violations of its sportsmanship and ethical conduct policies, Kansas State University has now agreed to sanctions with the conference office.
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Per University release, the self-imposed sanctions include the following:
• 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.
"We look forward to our upcoming athletic contests with the expectation of sportsmanlike conduct from the entire K-State family," Schulz said.
It's safe to say this is not what Kansas State had in mind when it opened the 2015 college football.