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Watch: K-State Fans Did Not Take Jerome Tang’s Advice on Hating KU Less

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Saint Louis

On Tuesday night, the first Sunflower Showdown of the season took place between K-State and Kansas in Manhattan in one of the most highly-anticipated regular season match ups between these two teams in years.

Kansas State was off to a 15-2 (4-1) start and ranked No. 13 in the nation welcoming in the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (16-1, 5-0).


The day before the match up, first-year K-State head coach Jerome Tang pleaded with his fan base to love the team and program just as much as they despised Kansas.

Tang made his pitch, saying, “My message to our students, I don’t want them to show up to the game and yell and scream, and I don’t want our fans to show up to the game because they hate the other team. I want them to show up because they love Kansas State. Every guy on our roster didn’t pick this school because they hated somebody else, they picked this school because they love us as a staff, they love this community and they love this university.”

Tang added, “I know I’m going to upset some people. I feel like we, the Kansas State community and family, allow them to live rent free in our heads way too much.”


Well, needless to say, the fans did not take his advice prior to tip off on Tuesday night. Ideally, the K-State student section would be chanting “K-S-U!” But, I’ll let you listen for yourself below, as you can hear, the classic “F— KU!” was used instead.

Will there be consequences? Who knows. Early in the football season, it was reported that the K-State band was going to be told to stop playing the Wabash Cannonball if K-State students kept chanting “F— KU!” instead of, “K-S-U!”

Given the enthusiasm, energy and stakes of this rivalry being back on the hardwood, my guess is the administration will let this one slide.

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