ECU Chancellor Warns Students Not To Be Abusive To Visitors

East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard is once again warning students to watch their behavior during sporting events.

The latest incident happened after the University of Texas at El Paso game Wednesday night. Ballard said mistreatment of visitors "is simply not acceptable at this university".

The campus-wide e-mail was sent out Thursday evening after Ballard and Athletic Director Terry Holland received an e-mail that morning saying ECU students were using abusive language and even bumped into a father and son from the Virginia Beach area who traveled to Greenville to cheer for UTEP. The person who witnessed the event, who wasn't identified, apologized to the two UTEP fans.

Ballard said despite the win over UTEP, the actions of a few have once again "tarnished the hard work accomplished by so many people, particularly that of Coach Lebo and team members, to turn our basketball program into a successful one."

The chancellor told students that if confrontations are initiated by visitors, they should walk away "and let those individuals be the bad guys instead of dragging this university's reputation into a no-win situation."

The incident happened after UTEP's head coach had to be removed from the basketball game by a police officer after receiving two technical fouls.

In October the university was embarrassed during the NC State football game when a profane chant started during the national anthem. Some of those fans were thrown out of the game.


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