Iowa, Iowa State University athletic directors issue joint statement on band allegations
The athletic directors of two major state schools in Iowa have issued a joint statement regarding allegations of "inappropriate actions" against members of one of the schools' marching bands at a recent football game between the two teams.
Gary Barta, Director of Athletics for the University of Iowa, and Jamie Pollard, who holds the same position at Iowa State University, said that both schools emphasize providing a safe place for everyone to enjoy watching a football game.
"Unfortunately, both the Hawkeye and Cyclone marching bands have been the target of unacceptable behavior at football games in Iowa City and Ames in recent years," Barta and Pollard said, in the statement. "Some of the conduct directed at the students in our respective marching bands recently has been rude, vulgar, and in some cases, violent."
The statement did not offer further details as to what constituted these acts, or the "inappropriate actions"
on Monday, September 16.
The existence of this statement does indicate that the two schools' athletic departments are working together on the issue, following
that suggested that Iowa's staff had not yet reached out to him.
Both reiterated the need for more civil behavior toward each other's fans at future games.
"A significant part of the solution is insisting our fans help address this issue by showing more respect to our visitors," Barta and Pollard said. "We owe it to these hardworking performers to have a safe stage on which they can showcase their spirit and talent."
Iowa beat Iowa State 18-17 during the annual matchup between the two schools' football teams on Saturday, September 14.