Well, here’s not something you see every day. The entire marching band for the University of Wisconsin have been suspended from taking part in today’s game against Ohio State because of “allegations of hazing, alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct”.
According to ESPN.COM, when band director Mike Leckrone told the kids yesterday they’d be staying home, he felt like he “hit them between the eyes with a sledgehammer”. Which is probably the kind of hazing stuff that got them in trouble in the first place.
While the sordid details have yet to be released regarding exactly what went down - come on Smoking Gun, get on that! - if it’s anything like the band’s infamous 2006 Michigan trip, the description’s going to read like the Starr Report.
TULSA FUMING OVER RICE’S HELL OF A HALFTIME SHOW: Tulsa wasn’t so entertained by the Rice University band’s halftime show “honoring” their football coach.
The HOUSTON CHRONICLE reports that the school has filed a complaint with Conference USA over last Saturday’s performance by the Marching Owl Band.The MOB paid tribute to the Golden Hurricane coach in a halftime skit called “Todd Graham’s Inferno“. As this handy script explains, the band chronicles their journey into Hell, where they find Graham on the last level, next to the words, “Welcome to Tulsa”.
But the biggest complaint was about the show’s finale, when the narrator ended the story by calling Graham a “douchebag”.Why all the terrible tirades toward Todd and Tulsa? Last year, Graham was on the sidelines as Rice’s head coach. But he bolted for northeast Oklahoma in the off-season - a flight that ruffled the feathers of many Owls fans.
Saturday’s show isn’t the first time the band has mocked their opponents. Back in September, the MOB made fun of Texas players’ criminal issues - during halftime on the Longhorns’ own field.But before being battered by angry Austin attendees, the MOB made a crack at rival Texas A&M and their mascot’s memorable munching episode, announcing that Reveille’s training “would no longer be outsourced to Michael Vick.”