Explicit chants invalidate Iowa State, K-State’s legitimacy
It’s Jan. 14 at Fred Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas. The Kansas State Wildcats are locked in a tight battle with the Baylor Bears–an important conference matchup between two teams in the upper half of the Big 12. The players on the court are focused on their opponents, the fans watching from home are glued to the television as they watch every play unfold, but what is the K-State student section doing? They are chanting dissenting obscenities towards the University of Kansas.
As it turns out, K-State is not the only school in the Big 12 where its students stoop to chant profanity to disrespect their opponent. In Kansas’s recent game at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, the Iowa State student section produced vulgar language throughout the entirety of the game. The students chanted “F — KU” seven times and “F — Bill Self” one time, according to Ryan Young of the Iowa State Daily.
“We chant ‘F — KU’ because [Kansas] is a huge rivalry for us,” Iowa State sophomore Jordan Oxley said. “I, along with other Iowa State students, believe that Kansas is overrated. The fact that an unranked team only lost by four to the number two ranked team speaks volumes.”
Foul-mouthing Kansas has become commonplace at K-State and Iowa State to the point where it could be considered tradition. As constituents of the university where it all began, Kansas students proceed to protect the integrity of the game of basketball.
“As a true blue blood program and the true birthplace of basketball, the University of Kansas understands and appreciates our responsibility to uphold the integrity of the game by being positive ambassadors for basketball,” Kansas sophomore Tate Shumard said. “Such chants poison the integrity of the game as well as those who are in attendance, including all of the families and children.”
When other student sections take part in such behavior, they are personally excusing their own legitimacy. As K-State and Iowa State students attempt to aggravate opponents with petty, repugnant chanting, Kansas students can rest easy knowing that their basketball program is among the elites of the NCAA.
Kansas will play K-State and Iowa State back-to-back on Feb. 4 and Feb. 6.
Published on the University Daily Kansan website on January 17, 2017.