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    Vulgarity in College Basketball

    Grant Wahl wrote a really good piece (as usual) on vulgarity and taunting in college basketball. Worth a read considering some of these issues have been discussed re: ISU.
    SI.com - Writers - Grant Wahl: Vulgarity and taunting by college basketball fans. How much is too much? - Tuesday February 26, 2008 11:58AM
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    As family members of targeted players feel the need to bring *security guards to road games, and with schools such as Oregon and Illinois issuing apologies for the behavior of their fans, it's worth asking: How much is too much? "The abuse that fans are bringing day to day, whether it's on talk radio or in the stands, is going to ruin the game eventually," says Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. "I hate to say this because freedom of speech is at issue, but this isn't what freedom of speech is *intended for."
    There may not be nearly as many *incidents of racism and anti-Semitism in college arenas as there were in the 1960s, but in the year 2008 many fans are waving anti-gay signs, which often appear on national TV broadcasts.
    And once an adrenaline-filled crowd gets going, it can be extremely hard to control. Even though Hoop Scoop -- the pamphlet circulated within Illinois's student *section-encouraged members "to keep your composure and to refrain from vulgarity" when Indiana's Gordon took the floor, the students followed that directive for, oh, about 1.3 seconds before the anti-Gordon chants started. (It didn't help that the pamphlet devoted eight times as much space to rehashing every detail of Gordon's recruitment.) Ever since he changed his commitment from Illinois to Indiana in October 2006, sparking a firestorm of threatening e-mails and Facebook messages from jilted Illini fans, Gordon says he worried that he and his family might be in physical danger during the game in Champaign.
    Strong responses from college officials and coaches are necessary to help control unruly crowds, Stan Love and Eric Gordon Sr. argue, pointing out that neither *Oregon coach Ernie Kent nor Illinois coach Bruce Weber stepped in to address their vulgar fans on the P.A. systems. According to Love and Gordon, none of the offending fans were *ejected in either game. "They need a code of conduct," says Love. "If you're out of line and acting up in the stands, you need to be ejected from the arena."



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    Bob Knight Has His Negatives

    But I was at an early season Indiana/Temple game a few years back and the refs made a "bad" call against the Hoosiers. Hoosier fans (mostly students) started to chant "bull $&^*" during the ensuing timeout. Coach Knight grabbed the mic and let the crowd know that chant wasn't acceptable at Hoosier games.

    Never did hear the chant the rest of the year.



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    Re: Vulgarity in College Basketball

    Bob Knight rules.



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    Re: Vulgarity in College Basketball

    I thought this was a Dick Vitale post. The poor guy.


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    Re: Vulgarity in College Basketball

    dont like the words you here at a cyclone home game (or any other teams home game) dont send your kids to public school then. your child will here far worse there.........


    There are not many crowds or places in the country that have a better impact on the game than at Iowa State. The Cyclone fans are truly a sixth man. The place is so loud and always a fantastic crowd." - Former Kansas and current North Carolina head coach Roy Williams

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    Re: Vulgarity in College Basketball

    Some of those were definitely over the line. 30 phone calls and death threats? are you kidding me? People throwing stuff? That's stupid. But the Maryland gag I thought was good or the wanted posters, but that may just be the college student in me.



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    Re: Vulgarity in College Basketball

    The Illannoy fans during that game were WAY over the line. EG's family was there.. mom, dad, brother I think and they had crap getting THROWN at them.

    Maybe Illannoy fans should start to realize their once solid team is now the joke of the worst conf on the planet.



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    Re: Vulgarity in College Basketball

    Remember the good 'ol days when fans (including my 'Clones) would bring cap guns to the games vs Mizzou to heckle Steve Stipanovich??


    "We are first and foremost an educational institution that values integrity, honesty and treating others with fairness and respect".

    -ISU President Gregory Geoffroy; circa May 2003.

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    Re: Vulgarity in College Basketball

    Go2Guy - I like the contrast between your post and the signature from Geoffroy.



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