Rice offers mea culpa for band’s ‘Title IX’ shot at Baylor

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Those wild and wacky collegiate marching bands are at it again.

At halftime of Baylor’s Friday night 38-10 win over Rice, the Owls marching band, known as the MOB, decided that they would pay tribute to the visitors with a performance that included the group spelling out the phrase “Title IX.”  That, of course, is a reference to the spate of sexual assaults that have plagued the scandal-laden football program over the past several months.

In a statement released Saturday afternoon, university officials apologized for the performance, saying “we regret any offense, particularly if Baylor fans may have felt unwelcome in our stadium.”

It’s not believed the school will take any action against the band.  Below is the entire statement released by the university:

The Marching Owl Band, or MOB, has a tradition of satirizing the Rice Owls’ football opponents. In this case, the band’s calling attention to the situation at Baylor was subject to many different interpretations. Although the band’s halftime shows are entirely the members’ projects with no prior review by the university administration, we regret any offense, particularly if Baylor fans may have felt unwelcome in our stadium. While we know that the MOB did not intend in any way to make light of the serious issue of sexual assault, we are concerned that some people may have interpreted the halftime performance in that vein. Sexual assault is a matter of serious concern on campuses across the nation, and all of us have an obligation to address the matter with all the tools at our disposal. The MOB sought to highlight the events at Baylor by satirizing the actions or inactions of the Baylor administration, but it is apparent from the comments of many spectators and Baylor fans that the MOB’s effort went too far.