"IU student told to wear Michigan shirt or leave"

Submitted by matty blue on March 11th, 2013 at 9:03 AM

from an indiana blog (yes, apparently they exist):


to which i would say "don't be a puss."

also:  go ahead.  say "first amendment" one more time.  i dare you.


Wolverine Devotee

March 11th, 2013 at 9:08 AM ^

I saw a guy on TV with a Maize zip hoodie on with an indiana jersey under it. 

I think it's actually funny. This should encourage opposing fans to stay out of our house. 


March 11th, 2013 at 9:08 AM ^

If you don't want to get heckled as an opposing fan, don't sit in the student section.  It's that simple.

EDIT:  I should have read further before posting.  Apparently the usher said it.  That's a little different.

Wolverine Devotee

March 11th, 2013 at 9:13 AM ^

 Assembly Hall allows away fans to wear their own jerseys and we practically invented basketball,

Oh my God these people are almost as bad as notre dame fans. What is it with that state?

Wisconsin Wolverine

March 11th, 2013 at 1:26 PM ^

Hah, fair question - I'm a PhD student at UW-Madison, so I guess I've got a little bit of academic pride at least, and I enjoy Madison.  I was kinda cool with their football team, as they were in the Leaders Division, so who cares, but honestly I'm learning to hate them after this basketball season.  I had to see all their stupid fans' faces outside the Kohl Center after that miracle bullshit they pulled on us, and I was mere moments away from steering my vehicle into the masses.

JK I'm not murderous.  But for real, I was kinda mad.


March 11th, 2013 at 12:41 PM ^

Cut them a break.  They're not used to winning.  Heck, I've been to IU football games against Michigan where the Michigan fans outnumber the IU fans!  They've had a rough run and its okay to give them their time in the spotlight.  Its better that they win the conference than Sparty or Ohio, right?

Section 1

March 11th, 2013 at 12:57 PM ^

No it is NOT better.  Nothing is "better" about that chokin' freakin' loss.  It sounds so perfectly Sparty to say, "well at least our loss prevented our hated rival from succeeding..."

No sir.  Tom Crean and his program ought to be stand-alone hate objects.  There is nothing good about the loss.  Nothing.

As if getting pegged into a disastrous 5-seed in the Big Ten Tourney wasn't bad enough.  It was a disastrous result.  It makes a B1G Tourney run a near-imipossibility (four outlandishly tough games in four days, instead of three) and that may well impact our NCAA seeding.

Now, back on topic, and about that student ticket; aren't you supposed to be a current Michigan student, with an ID, to purchase and use a student Maize Rage ticket?


March 11th, 2013 at 9:16 AM ^

For the record, it's true, just in case anyone wasn't sure. The ushers walk around with these maize t shirts and provide the ultimatum, I only witnessed one and the entire Maize Rage was on the girl about it lol, but she did (very reluctantly) put it on.


March 11th, 2013 at 9:20 AM ^

That has been the rule for the student section as long as I have been here. You have to wear something Michigan. 

If not, you can either cover it up or you get kicked out.

Mabel Pines

March 11th, 2013 at 10:13 AM ^

who sold their ticket to an IU fan.  Aren't they the problem???  I get you are on Spring Break....you know you can sell it to another Michigan student.

I refuse to ever sell/give any of my tickets to an opposing fan...even relatives!  (Some married inappropriately....what can you do?)

State Street

March 11th, 2013 at 9:23 AM ^

There are two sides of this:

A) it's absolutely ridiculous for an opposing fan to think it's going to be fun wearing opposing colors in the MAIZE rage.  I guess that's what an IU education buys you.

B) if you purchase a good, you are entitled to use that good.  Would they really throw you out for failing to comply?


March 11th, 2013 at 10:26 AM ^

This was an update (from the MaizeRage website) to the article

Students with a ticket in the bleachers are required to wear a maize Michigan shirt (preferably basketball related), a Michigan basketball jersey, or a costume. Students who do not comply with this requirement may be moved to the blue or gold sections. It is also required that students in the bleachers stand up during game action. It looks bad on television when some of the students are sitting down.

Kermits Blue Key

March 11th, 2013 at 9:24 AM ^

Hmmm, I can't say I'm a fan of this policy. This makes the school appear desperate and sorta undermines the genuineness of the Maize Rage if they are being "forced" to look and behave the way they do. If you don't want away colors in the bleacher seats, then create policies that discourage students from selling their tickets to visiting fans.


March 11th, 2013 at 12:22 PM ^

I'm sure there wouldn't be a related thread about how those created policies are unjust. You could say  the policy ensures that only that the most committed students get into the the Maize Rage rather than someone with no real interest.

I guess that they could remove such a policy and then everyone could complain about the poor atmosphere at games and the away fans in the student section. That would be fun.

Kermits Blue Key

March 11th, 2013 at 2:06 PM ^

I never suggested replacing one unjust policy for another. There is a big difference between discouraging certain types of ticket transactions and forcing the end-users of tickets to wear certain attire or stand.

Also, do you really believe the only thing standing between the current Maize Rage we see in the stands and the arena hellscape you describe above is this policy? I like to believe that the students are eager and willing participants, and not just the output of some Draconian, athletic department policy intended to create Crisler Indoor Stadium at all costs. 

Yes, the policy removes a few specks of non-maize color from the student section, but it also removes a lot of credibility. Check that Indiana blog for proof.


March 11th, 2013 at 9:31 AM ^

  I actually sat in the Wisconsin student section this year wearing UM gear (went with a friend who is a Badger) and I didn't/wouldn't expect to have been kicked out.   I can tell you I definitely would not have put on Badger colors to watch the game, and if they kicked me out, I would be pissed.

  Anyone know what the attitude/policy is at other B1G schools regarding student sections??

E. Gordon Gee

March 11th, 2013 at 9:57 AM ^

NutHouse: I've been a member for 5 years and there were no restrictions at all as to what attire you can ware as an opposing fan. I've seen Duke, Michigan, and Purdue fans/students sit in our section no problem. To the opposing fans that sat in the student section they knew someone from the school so it wasn't like they got heckled the entire game nor did the usher care what they wore. 

Greatful Red: I've sat in Wisconsin student section for football and basketball and they don't care. Althought, when the ushers warn you ahead of time what may happen, it comes with territory of sitting in their student section. 

Other then those two, I can't personally speak for other student sections I've sat in for away games. An OSU friend of mine who sat in the Orange Krush for a game had no problem and actually enjoy his time in the student section since most were respectful of the team he supported.


March 11th, 2013 at 10:27 AM ^

Still not sure.....I just remember the entire student section rushing the court around me, and I'm stuck standing there alone in this empty section, hoping I don't end up on ESPN.

  The crowd itself was craziness. I got booed/taunted a couple of times, I went right back at them whenever Burke or THJ hit a big shot, and we all laughed at it.  To me that's half the fun of going to Away games (the other half, actually winning, was sorely missed this time around) .

Jack Daniels

March 11th, 2013 at 9:32 AM ^

Indiana fans in that section were saying Michigan is a second rate school. Which is just plain stupid. I never liked Indiana basketball fans because most of them also cheer for ND football, but after the Crean event I just hate them all.


March 11th, 2013 at 9:54 AM ^

I always find it funny seeing that one person wearing there teams shirt, in the student section while there team is losing, and there making the sad face. If you pay the same price as the person beside you, wear whatever you want.


March 11th, 2013 at 10:08 AM ^

Wait how can you be "yes they exist!" about Inside the Hall? We mention them all the time. ITH is one of the few great independent sports blogs out there--closer to MGoBlog than just about anything except 11Warriors.


March 11th, 2013 at 10:09 AM ^

It doesn't seem like it has been updated in quite some time, but the Maize Rage has a site with a summary of the policy here - (LINK)

In essence, their site states that if you don't comply with the requirements for sitting in the bleachers (wearing opposing fan gear would be a failure to comply), you will likely be asked to move. You would also, according to this, require a ticket to sit in the student section in the first place, and according to the site, you get a wristband if your general admission ticket is for the bleachers too. I would think the IU fan was a pretty easy mark for the usher in this case.