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Let them play
Prairie View band intends to perform Saturday
Posted: Friday October 02, 1998 04:39 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Despite a two-game suspension, Prairie View A&M's band will honor its contract to play in Saturday's game against Grambling State, a university official said.
The statement by Larry Raab, Prairie View's vice president of operations, came amid reports that the Southwestern Athletic Conference had lifted the suspension against Prairie View and Southern University band members for brawling last month in Beaumont.
Saturday's game, billed as the Al Lipscomb State Fair Classic, will be played in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
"The band is traveling to the Cotton Bowl, and we have every expectation that we will play," Raab said.
SWAC's assistant commissioner for administration, Harold Clark, said Friday that the conference has not lifted Prairie View's suspension.
"We haven't changed our position," Clark said Friday. "The decision of September 21 still stands. Both bands remain suspended for the September 26 and October 3 games."
Prairie View formally appealed the suspension in a letter to the SWAC's commissioner. Clark said the letter was received September 30 but a hearing date has not been set. He did not know when it would be.
"We're working on getting our appeals and constitutional compliance committee together to handle it," Clark said.
Raab said films, witness accounts and other evidence show that Prairie View did not provoke the fight as has been suggested by Southern officials.
"The only thing that Prairie View has ever instigated is excellence," Raab said.
On Thursday, Southern Chancellor Edward Jackson said a review of films by his staff shows the fight was started by an attack on the Jaguars' drum major as the band tried to leave the playing field.
Prairie View's band was lined up along the sideline and refused to allow Southern's band to leave, Jackson said. At that point, Southern's drum major tried to lead his band down the sideline and off the field.
"Clearly from the film, you can see his tall hat bobbing up and down as he marched down the field, but somewhere in the vicinity of the 30-yard line, suddenly you see the hat fall ... and that was where he was struck," Jackson said.
Tubas, trombones and drumsticks were used as weapons by band members from both schools during a melee of the September 19 football game. The fight left Southern with $12,000 in damage to its musical instruments, school officials said.
In a report to the SWAC, Jackson suggested that conference officials develop policies and procedures for bands that are waiting to perform while a rival band exits the field.
Jackson said Southern will honor the conference's suspension on Saturday. Doing so would complete the band's two-game penalty.
"If we're going to belong to the SWAC, we are going to obey the SWAC's rules," Jackson said.
The Southern University Lab School will perform at Southern's home game Saturday against Mississippi Valley State. The high school also performed during last week's game against Alabama State.
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