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USU apologizes to BYU for 'vulgarity,' 'crude' remarks

USU apologizes to BYU for 'vulgarity,' 'crude' remarks

By | Posted - Nov. 23, 2011 at 10:02 a.m.

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LOGAN -- The president and the athletic director at Utah State University are apologizing to BYU for insults directed at a Cougar basketball star.

USU President Stan Albrecht and Athletic Director Scott Barnes posted a letter on the school website Tuesday saying they were "disappointed and disturbed" by posters and chants by some Aggie fans.

The letter went on to apologize for "crude language, outright vulgarity and deeply personal insults" from a handful of students in the crowd at the Nov. 11 game in the Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum.

From the comment boards
"I love my Aggies. I love the Spectrum enviroment. But there is a very clear line not to cross. Personal attacks that are vulgar and crude are just not acceptable no matter what." -- Nafe

The insults apparently were aimed at BYU's Brandon Davies, who last year was removed from the team for an honor code violation. He returned this season.

Albrecht says the comments went far beyond human decency and the school is working with student groups to discuss good sportsmanship.

"We have visited personally with both President (Cecil) Samuelson and Athletic Director Tom Holmoe and apologized on behalf of the USU community," the letter reads.

In addition to the offensive posters and comments, The Associated Press earlier reported some girls in the audience stood with stomachs bared and the words "Honor Code Violation" painted in Aggie blue-and-white.

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