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    Sept. 13, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford athletic director Ted Leland apologized Monday to Brigham Young and the university's fans for a halftime show by the Cardinal band that poked fun at polygamy with five dancers wearing wedding veils.

    Stanford beat BYU 37-10 Saturday at Stanford Stadium.

    Leland said he would meet with the band to discuss possible sanctions.

    "The actions of the Stanford band in Saturday's game were inappropriate, and I wish to apologize to BYU, their team, fans and alumni," Leland said. "We are committed to being good hosts to our opponents who visit Stanford and anything that doesn't reflect this is regrettable."


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    Callahan says shoddy treatment by OU fans sparked outburst
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    LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said his profane outburst directed at Oklahoma fans was prompted by a group of student hecklers who were allowed to get close to his players during warmups and fans throwing oranges on the field.

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    As he walked toward the Nebraska locker room after a 30-3 loss Saturday night, Callahan looked into the stands and called Sooners fans "hillbillies," while using an expletive.

    "I'm an emotional guy, and I'm a competitive coach, and on the field I stick up for my players," Callahan said Monday on the Big 12 coaches teleconference. "I don't think any team should be subjected to the type of treatment we were subjected to in that particular contest."

    Some of Callahan's complaints were directed at The Ruf/Neks, an Oklahoma student spirit group that positions itself near one of the end zones. The students shoot pop guns and heckle opposing teams. Callahan said it's a dangerous environment because of the proximity of the students to the opposing players.

    University of Oklahoma police were investigating an incident involving a member of The Ruf/Neks and a Nebraska player. The Oklahoma student was sent to the hospital with injuries to his face after what Nebraska officials called a collision with a player.

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    Dvoracek was kicked off the team by coach Bob Stoops in September. After completing an anger-management and alcohol-related program, the defensive tackle appealed to a Big 12 review committee.

    The committee, made up of representatives from league schools, met last weekend and the vote was 6-6. Dvoracek can now turn to the NCAA for possible reinstatement, Big 12 spokesman Bob Burda said. It's unclear how the conference's decision might affect the NCAA.

    Stoops, coach of the Orange Bowl-bound No. 2 Sooners, has said he favored Dvoracek's return to the team.

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