As the KSU band’s apology for their halftime show at the University of Kansas continues to echo around the internet, Frank Tracz, director of the Kansas State marching band, has received a lot of heat. Surprisingly, Tracz even dropped out of a live interview this morning until he had a chance to discuss this issue with the “appropriate people.”
In a related report by the Inquisitr, after some began pointing out how the starship Enterprise resembled a giant phallic symbol, Frank Tracz issued the KSU band’s apology and explanation.
“There was absolutely no intent to display anything other than the Enterprise and the Jayhawk in battle,” wrote Tracz. “If I am guilty of anything it would the inability to teach the drill in a manner that these young people could have succeeded. I do apologize for the misinterpretation and I assure you that I mean absolutely no disrespect or malice toward the University of Kansas.”
Apparently, the KSU band’s apology was intended to stave off any controversy over the bad blood between Kansas State University and the University of Kansas, but some felt the media was making a mountain out of a molehill.
“That doesn’t even look like a penis. My goodness, some people look for naughty in everything. If you were offended by that you need to grow up,” wrote Cheryl Bray.
The KSU band’s director was invited to field live questions by the Collegian this morning. Tracz’s first comment thanked everyone for the support given so far.
“I appreciate all the support that we’ve been getting from the K-state family. The marching band is a special group of young people to me and the staff. They are deserving of the Sudler Trophy and all the support you could give them,” Tracz wrote.
Most of the questions were respectful, and some even said it was an “excellent show” despite the controversy.
Others claimed, “Anyone that knows you at all knows that you would NEVER do anything to harm The Pride or KSU!”
“How did this story get so out of control? When you see the wide shot or the plans that were shared afterward it’s clear that it’s a non-story, what could’ve have been done better in your opinion?” said one fan.
But other comments asked how the halftime show got “so messed up if it was practiced” beforehand. One comment asked if some of the KSU students planned to create a giant phallic symbol as an offense to the University of Kansas and whether Tracz had investigated that possibility.
“Now that the band has damaged the value of a degree from Kansas state university because of a poor decision, what will the band do to make things up to all the students and alumni?” asked one commentator.
In response to all these questions, Frank Tracz responded, “I think it would be best at this time to delay this interview until we have a chance to meet and discuss this with the appropriate people.”
What do you think about the controversy surrounding the KSU marching band?
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