Five Lose Scholarships Over Pep Band Chanting Incident During NCAA Tournament

March 20, 2012 Updated Mar 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM EDT

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Five Lose Scholarships Over Pep Band Chanting Incident During NCAA Tournament

March 20, 2012 Updated Mar 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM EDT

The University of Southern Mississippi announced Monday that it has completed a review of the incident that occurred during last Thursday’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament game and is taking disciplinary action against five members of its pep band.

According to a story in The Hattiesburg (Miss.) American, the students participated in a racially insensitive chat directed toward a Kansas State player near the end of the game between the teams in Pittsburgh.

According to the university's news release:

The students have had their pep band scholarships revoked, have been removed from the band, and will be required to complete a two-hour cultural sensitivity training course this week.

“The students have been forthcoming, cooperative, contrite and sincerely remorseful. They acted rashly and inappropriately, and now see the gravity of their words and actions,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul. “This is a teachable moment, not only for these students but for our entire student body and those who work with them.”