IU student told to wear Michigan shirt or leave

031013ANN ARBOR, Mich. — As is usually the case when Indiana goes on the road, there were several Hoosier fans mixed in the Michigan student section at Sunday’s game at the Crisler Center.

But prior to the game, any student wearing an Indiana shirt was approached by an usher, handed a maize shirt with the word “Hail” on it, and told to wear it or leave the arena.

One of those students was Indiana senior Yoni Freedman, who bought a ticket for 60 dollars from one of his University of Michigan friends and camped out in a tent on Saturday night. He and his friends arrived outside the Crisler Center at 12:45 a.m., and got seats in the first row of the student section directly behind the Indiana bench.

Freedman was wearing a No. 3 Indiana jersey, and was almost immediately asked to take it off.

“I asked to see a rule book and said even Assembly Hall allows away fans to wear their own jerseys and we practically invented basketball,” Freedman said in a text message. “They replied ‘We don’t have a rule book, it’s a known athletic policy and you can leave or stay and wear maize and blue or white.’”

Freedman had a white Kilroy’s Red Wings shirt on underneath, and offered to leave the jersey off and just wear the shirt. But the ushers declined, saying Freedman either had to wear the “Hail” shirt or exit the arena.

“They even had a hard time with the Kilroy’s shirt even though it was for the hometown Detroit Red Wings,” Freedman said.

Another girl sitting in the student section behind one of the baskets initially declined the yellow shirt, and then put it on to avoid being kicked out.  When the usher left the section, she took the shirt back off, what was eventually forced to wear it once again.

As for Freedman, he said he planned to give the maize “Hail” shirt to one of his Michigan friends after the game. He proudly held his No. 3 jersey in his hand and waved it during the pregame introductions, even though he received a good deal of ridicule for it.

Update: Via the MaizeRage web site, here are the rules for sitting in the bleachers:

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.

  • Jack in Seattle

    Well that explains the pseudo-Duke atmosphere at that place. If you can’t figure out how to cheer for your basketball team on your own, then you’re in a bit of trouble. UM = great academics and football tradition… but maybe not the best hoops fans.

  • VanPastorMan

    What about the UK at Indiana game last yr? There was a lone UK fan in a sea of Red, and nobody asked that young man to leave.

  • VanPastorMan

    What about the UK at Indiana game last yr? There was a lone UK fan in a sea of Red, and nobody asked that young man to leave.

  • Tanner

    The girl sits next to me in my math class and is a student at iupui! she was excited about the game and planned on wearing cream and crimson! she talked about it all week

  • dtfreed

    Glass should draft a rule book just for Mich. coming to IU and just kick them out or up to the upper section. Michigan is a 2nd rate school, we on?

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.davis.thomas Richard Davis Thomas

    I’d probably throw a chair across the court.

  • ElmondoH

    This is soooo a non-story. So they have their own rules in their own stadium. So what? Ask to be seated elsewhere or demand a refund and leave. But as asinine as the rule is – and yes, it is utterly asinine – the bigger theme here is a team and stadium setting their own rules for seating. I’m loathe to overrule that, no matter how stupid the rule is. Let them suffer the consequences of dumb rules in some other way, such as lost revenue, but I really recoil at the though of telling Michigan how to run their own house.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    If he is not in the game @ the end, that one mismatch/switch never occurs. The prior 2 plays Burke schooled him, rewatch the game. I love Jordy, but if CTC continues playing w/o regard to match ups it may be our downfall in the tourney. Cody carried us to victory, really played aggressive and proved he is POY top candidate!

  • ts2001indy

    What country was this game played in? Oh yeah, the USA. This IS definitely
    an issue.

  • ts2001indy

    What country was this game played in? Oh yeah, the USA. This IS definitely
    an issue.

  • CreanFaithful

    Sit Jordy. You’ve said it all year… broken record to the tune of 26 wins. Find another talking point man.

  • Steve

    Uhhh…lawsuit?

  • Gbwoolman

    My son who is an IU alumni and his wife (her very first IU game ever) were at the game wearing Crimson and Cream but were not close to the floor. Thats probably why they werent asked to wear those ugly colored shirts, but I’m stunned any school would have that in their “book”. They got there at 2:30 and loved watching IU prepare for the victory. I’m so proud of our Hoosiers and now we can focus on Banner #6!

  • pcantidote

    What a pathetic first amendment encroachment by a supposedly enlightened school. I would have flatly refused to wear the shirt or leave and would have forced the police to address the issue. If this rule is not stated on the ticket it is unenforcable.

  • Geoff_85

    Yeah, I’m sure you’d be like, “hey, I don’t really want to wear a maize and blue shirt, may I just have a refund instead?” after driving a few hours to attend a game, then drive right back. Get real.

  • Geoff_85

    Editing this comment and just want to suffice to say that every comment you post on here is after a loss or when you think IU has lost. Your comments get more down votes than up votes almost every time. We dont have to agree with what you say, but you should take this garbage to Twitter. Everyone is sick of it.

  • Whose yer fan?

    The POINT was they said the choice was to wear the shirt or LEAVE. Their own rule the tools didn’t even know, said MOVE. Not leave.

  • TeacherGrade12

    1. The rule shouldn’t exist. You buy a ticket, you wear what you like.
    2. Could have argued that the jersey was a costume (he was pretending to be the player, duh!) and the so-called “rule” says people can wear costumes
    3. In the future, I’m expecting IU fans to show up in converted t-shirts (buy a white Indiana shirt, do a yellow tie-die, and cheer on *your* team to victory)
    4. The so-called “rule” says that out-of-uniform fans will be relocated to the cheap seats, not kicked out of the arena.

  • TeacherGrade12

    1. The rule shouldn’t exist. You buy a ticket, you wear what you like.
    2. Could have argued that the jersey was a costume (he was pretending to be the player, duh!) and the so-called “rule” says people can wear costumes
    3. In the future, I’m expecting IU fans to show up in converted t-shirts (buy a white Indiana shirt, do a yellow tie-die, and cheer on *your* team to victory)
    4. The so-called “rule” says that out-of-uniform fans will be relocated to the cheap seats, not kicked out of the arena.

  • TeacherGrade12

    Hell, they could have just called Dean Wormer and put the kid on double secret probation

  • guest

    “When the usher left the section, she took the shirt back off”

    So brave.

  • IUMIKE1

    or we choked… BIG TIME.

  • jwcasey

    This is below us. I love his response “. . . even Assembly Hall allows away fans to wear their own jerseys and we practically invented basketball.” We didn’t invent the game, we just perfected it.

  • Sensible Michigan fan

    This post is a little inaccurate. As a former Maize Rage section leader it is a Maize Rage rule to police the lower bowl section. The student wouldn’t have been kicked out of the stadium he would have been asked to leave the lower bowl and move to the upper deck without cooperation. As a Big Ten blog I would assume someone on here would know that its illegal to kick a paying customer out of a sporting event without probable cause.

  • marcusgreshamsmom

    You are correct, Mr. Crimson and Cream!

  • Seth Fisher

    You, my friends, have met Dave Brandon’s “Wow Experience” program. They’ve been trying to reward the best fans with the best seats, and in so doing create that TV visual of crazy students all in their maize-rage shirts.

  • gatormatt80

    The problem is that that paid ticket is not for sale to the general public. It’s reserved for UM students only.

  • Daburns0

    That would have been my response, “I’m in costume as an IU fan.” Ushers are usually mentally challenged, so there was probably no arguing.

  • Daburns0

    Go home

  • marcusgresham

    Don’t know who came up with this, but I’m rolling!

  • marcusgresham

    Don’t know who came up with this, but I’m rolling!

  • marcusgresham

    Shirtless IU fan. Our girls are smarter AND sexier!

  • marcusgresham

    Vanderbilt’s fans handle this better than anything I’ve seen. There was a picture I saw from the Vandy student section with one nimrod amongst them in a royal blue Kentucky shirt. The kid directly behind him was holding a sign above the kid’s head with an arrow pointing down at him and text that read “I read at a 5th grade level.”

  • Someone who actually was there

    He was not asked to leave, he was asked to move. He just changed that in his press outing to get more attention. Like the fact that he was in the front row behind the Indiana bench. Thats not true either.

  • Someone who actually was there

    He was not asked to leave, he was asked to move. He just changed that in his press outing to get more attention. Like the fact that he was in the front row behind the Indiana bench. Thats not true either.

  • Shooter33

    No class! And I thought that most refs were Michigan Alumni. Guess they got jobs as ushers too!

  • http://twitter.com/BMOCIU Marty McFly

    Then they should track the student that sold it to an opposing fan and revoke their tickets.

  • SportzNut21

    We Ohio State fans are accustomeed to shenanigans from That School Up North. Yet another reason why M*ch*g*n…well, you get my drift.

  • SportzNut21

    We Ohio State fans are accustomeed to shenanigans from That School Up North. Yet another reason why M*ch*g*n…well, you get my drift.

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