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Kansas fans claim verbal abuse at KU-USF game

9/17/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I was alerted to a story in the Tampa Tribune this morning that had several Kansas fans claiming they were verbally abused by South Florida fans at last week's game between the two schools at Raymond James Stadium.

Tribune USF beat writer Brett McMurphy quotes USF quarterback Matt Grothe as saying he heard some of the verbal salvos directed at Kansas cheerleaders.

"I didn't appreciate it," Grothe told the Tribune. "Some idiot of ours, every time a KU cheerleader walked by, he yelled a sexual slur over and over to each and every one.

"Yelling at a cheerleader? Those poor girls don't know why they're getting yelled at. It's like me going up to that guy's mom and calling her that. Is he going to like that? They should just be happy with us winning games."

The story also quotes three different Kansas fans saying they felt uncomfortable at Friday night's game, which was won by USF, 37-34.

Pat Porzelt, a 1987 Kansas graduate, was part of a fans who attended the game. She told the newspaper she had been attending games for more than 20 years.

"That," Porzelt told the newspaper, "was the worst experience I've ever had."

These problems likely will mean the end of a budding rivalry between two recent BCS challengers.

Which means that fans everywhere end up losing at the expense of a few instigators in Tampa.