Southern Miss apologizes for pep band’s remarks

Southern Mississippi’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 21

years ended with a loss to Kansas State and an apology from the

school’s president about chants by members of the school’s pep

band.

Several members chanted ”where’s your green card” at Kansas

State guard Angel Rodriguez while he was at the free-throw line

during the first half. Rodriguez, who is from Puerto Rico, had 13

points and four assists in Kansas State’s 70-64 victory.

University president Martha Saunders says in a statement that

the school ”deeply regrets” the remarks and apologized to

Rodriguez.

Saunders says the remarks ”do not represent the sentiments of

our pep band, athletic department or university” and the school

will take ”quick and appropriate disciplinary action.”