NEW ORLEANS -- In an unprecedented move, the Southwestern Athletic Conference has suspended the marching bands from both Prairie View A&M University and Southern University for their roles in an altercation which occurred at halftime of Saturday's football game between the two schools in Beaumont, Tex. The suspension covers the schools' next two games.
The conference office indicates that the bands' actions violate provisions of the SWAC Constitution and Bylaws governing unsportsmanlike conduct at athletic events. New commissioner Rudy Washington said suspending the bands is a necessary action in light of an unfortunate incident.
"It's imperative that we send the right message out and that message is that such incidents won't be tolerated at our games," said Washington. "We've been in consultation with officials at both universities and we've received assurances that this matter is being fully investigated and will be dealt with appropriately on their respective campuses."
The two-game suspension period will cover Prairie View A&M's games with Langston University on September 26 in Oklahoma City, Okla. and Grambling State University in Dallas, Tex. on October 3. Southern's band will be prohibited from performing at its September 26 game with Alabama State University and its October 3 game with Mississippi Valley State University, both in Baton Rouge, La.