LAWRENCE — The tradition has persisted for years, perhaps one of the strangest parts about attending a basketball game at Kansas Allen Fieldhouse.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
At the end of the national anthem, a large percentage of the KU student section will cap the performance by yelling Home of the Chiefs!!! mimicking the familiar tradition at nearby Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.
Well Kansas coach Bill Self would like it to stop.
I dont think we should do that, Self said Wednesday, responding to a callers question on his weekly Hawk Talk Radio Show on the Jayhawk Radio Network.
The comments, which were first noted by Gary Bedore of the Lawrence Journal-World, come as the chant has turned more audible during KUs first three regular-season games. (Hey, the Chiefs are 9-1!)
For whatever reason, Self continued, I guess theyve started doing it again. Thats not what needs to be done in this particular situation. Especially in todays time when theres so much publicity and notoriety, rightfully so, to the men and women who sacrifice so much for our country. I think its probably not something we should do, but from a kids standpoint I dont think they know they are in poor taste doing it.
I think its just something we should look at and realize, Hey, cmon now, lets think about this before we actually do it.
Self is perhaps right to bring up the patriotic argument many have done the same when arguing against the same practice at Arrowhead.
But heres one other reason, one that makes just as much logical sense: The Chiefs, you might know, do not play at Allen Fieldhouse.
Hey, we get it a large percentage of students at KU come from the Kansas City area. The University of Kansas Medical Center is in Kansas City, Kan. University officials go to great lengths to align themselves with the largest metro area in the region. Remember that KANSAS City billboard campaign?
But Home of the Chiefs at Allen Fieldhouse?
During his Hawk Talk show, Self also mentioned that the students stopped doing the chant after he made similar public comments in 2012. Thats true but the end of the chant last basketball season also coincided with the Chiefs 2-14 season.
You might say that former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli had a lot more to do with ending the Home of the Chiefs! stuff than Self.
So the debate goes on.
The Jayhawks return to Allen Fieldhouse on Friday night to play host to Towson. The national anthem will come during the pregame festivities.
And well be listening.
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