South Florida Fans Scare KU Fans
Welcome to big time college football, KU fans. This is a sport known for rowdy atmospheres where home fans don’t take kindly to visiting teams. Now that the Jayhawks are fielding a team worth following on away trips, KU fans are finding these away school visits can be an eye-opening, insulting experience.
Especially when you get beat.
Take Pat Porzelt for instance. Porzelt is a KU grad and a proud follower of his team; however, his trip to South Florida was one he’d rather forget:
“I was walking through the parking lot, and a guy got in my face and started calling me names that I have never been called in my entire life,” Porzelt said. “And that was before the game even started. It was pretty bad. I can’t even tell you some of the things people said because they aren’t printable.”
While I suppose one could be surprised by this behavior, although, I would suggest such a person hasn’t watched one second of ESPN’s pregame College GameDay offering. One glance at the signs that show up behind Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit should tell these environments are not for the meek.
Brent Kassing is apparently one of those parents who doesn’t watch ESPN’s pregame show, nor does he know much about the tailgating atmosphere at most schools, especially on a Friday night in Flordia. His email to the South Florida athletic staff indicates as much:
“Try getting to the stadium in there where you have to walk by giant beer bongs with hundreds of students all chugging beer,” Kassing wrote in the e-mail, which was also sent to The University Daily Kansan. “How do I explain that to my children? How do you get into the gate safely without fearing for your life and your kids?”
I’m not sure what Kassing’s beef is. Was he harassed by these beer-chugging students or does he simply think his kids should hidden from that type of activity? If it’s the latter, his kids are going to have a hell of a time when they go to their first college party. He should consider himself lucky the beer-bonging students didn’t treat him like this:
Like I said in the beginning of this post: Welcome to the world of big time college football, KU fans.