MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State says it will pay a $5,000 fine after its marching band shaped itself into the rival Jayhawk mascot and what appeared to be a large phallus during a halftime show.
The school said Tuesday that band director Frank Tracz will miss the Nov. 28 game against Kansas and that university officials must approve all future halftime shows.
The university says it decided to pay the self-imposed fine after the Big 12 Conference warned of potential sportsmanship and ethical conduct violations.
The controversy erupted after Saturday’s space-themed halftime show during the team’s home opener against South Dakota. One formation featured the Kansas State band forming the University of Kansas mascot and a phallic looking Starship Enterprise crashing into it.
Tracz has apologized for what he described as a “misinterpretation.”