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IU Athletic Director Fred Glass issues statement to students on profane chants


IU students hold up “Derail the Boilers” spirit pages from the Indiana Daily Student while booing Purdue University on Feb. 19 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. IU lost to Purdue, 48-46. Anna Tiplick

Purdue sophomore center Matt Haarms quickly became enemy No. 1 of IU basketball fans on Tuesday night. 

Haarms, who received a technical foul after multiple near scuffles with IU junior forward De’Ron Davis, was the recipient of vulgar chants from IU students.

Explicit chants rang throughout Assembly Hall for most of the ball game, and boos rained down from the crowd every time Haarms touched the ball. 

On Wednesday, IU Athletic Director Fred Glass sent out an email to all IU student ticket holders voicing his frustration over the chant. 

"The profane chants directed at a specific Purdue player were not part of your positive contributions," Glass wrote. "They were embarrassing and unacceptable and reflected poorly on you and Indiana University. Knock off the profane chants, and please help those around you do the same. You and Indiana University are better than that."

Glass also called his counterpart at Purdue, Mike Bobinski, to apologize for the chants directed at the player. 

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