Colorado, Wazzu fans asked to stay classy

Colorado has been pleased with the energy of the fans this season, but today it addressed students after receiving e-mails and phone calls following Tuesday's loss to Kansas regarding a profane chant directed at the Jayhawks.

Colorado coach Tad Boyle is expected to speak with students before the team's next home game, and athletic director Mike Bohn wrote a letter to them, asking them to show class.

The chanting of expletives at the opposing team is, quite frankly, an embarrassment to our university, athletic department, alumni and our team. We publicly saluted your outstanding sportsmanship and behavior at other marquee games that have been played so far this year. YOU are the generators of the energy that inspires our team and other fans, and that energy has become the envy of our competition.

We know that you know better and YOU should expect better behavior from your fellow students who attend the University of Colorado. A national television audience witnessed our team playing a great game, but was not left with the overall impression of our institution that we aspire to convey.

Meanwhile, Washington State coach Ken Bone is taking no chances before the rivalry game on Sunday against Washington, writing an open letter to the student newspaper that called for fans to show "class and dignity."

Signs, shirts and other paraphernalia deemed unsportsmanlike by WSU Athletics staff will not be permitted. I hope you will choose to support me in this display of Cougar Pride. Put your efforts toward cheering on the Cougs and Sunday is sure to be a success.

Once again, thank you for your enthusiasm and support this season. We need each and every one of you on Sunday. Let’s keep things classy and turn up the noise this weekend and send the Huskies whimpering back to the West side.