Kansas State University’s band director has been suspended and the school was fined $5,000 for what many thought was an inappropriate formation during the school’s halftime show in Week 1.
This breaking development was announced by KAKE News.
BREAKING: KSU suspends band director, pays $5,000 fine following controversial halftime show.
— KAKE News (@KAKEnews) September 8, 2015
The band director claimed his formation was supposed to be the Starship Enterprise from “Star Trek”, but most people who saw the display thought otherwise.
The school apologized for the display on Monday, using its Facebook account to do so.
“There was absolutely no intent to display anything other than the Enterprise and the Jayhawk in battle. If I am guilty of anything it would be 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 meant absolutely no disrespect or malice toward the University of Kansas,” wrote Frank Tracz, the Director of the K-State Marching Band.
Perhaps Tracz really was ignorant of the way his formation looked on the field, but pretty much everyone who saw it saw the same thing—and it certainly wasn’t perceived as the Starship Enterprise.