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Columbia Band Banned From Football Finale After Mocking Its Own 0-9 Team
Columbia University’s band has been banned.
The Ivy League school’s marching band won’t be allowed to perform during the football team’s home finale against Brown University after mocking its own 0-9 team, Columbia’s athletic department said.
Following a 62-41 loss on Nov. 12 to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Columbia’s band, which routinely plays and sings the school fight song, “Roar, Lion, Roar,” after games, changed the lyrics to poke fun at the winless squad, according to the school.
The new lyrics were “something to the effect of, ‘Why do we even try, we always lose,’” according to a statement from New York City-based Columbia.
“Our football players, coaches, alumni and parents are extremely hurt, disappointed and angry by the band’s behavior at Cornell,” Athletic Director Dianne Murphy said in the statement. “Because of the band’s disrespect for the feelings and efforts of their classmates and fellow Columbians, we believe that allowing the band the opportunity to perform at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium on Saturday undermines the university’s institutional support for our football team.”
The Lions went 4-6 in each of the past two seasons, 2-8 in 2008 and 1-9 in 2007. Their last non-losing season was 2006, when they went 5-5.
Brown is 7-2 this season, including a 4-2 record in the Ivy League.
By Mason Levinson, Bloomberg News