Good Behavior a Point of Emphasis Leading to MU vs. KU Game

4 years 11 months 1 week ago February 03, 2012 Feb 3, 2012 Friday, February 03 2012 Friday, February 03, 2012 4:52:00 PM CST in Tiger Talk
By: Max Walker and Megan Noe

COLUMBIA - One of the most anticipated basketball games in recent memory has a variety of groups within the University of Missouri urging supporters to behave.

Missouri Students Association President Xavier Billingsley sent an email to students Friday asking them to "do all you can to represent your university as well as possible and to make sure your friends and classmates do the same."

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton ensured students received the email by re-sending it later on Friday.

Both Billingsley and Deaton's messages came a day after a message from the MU Athletic Department featured a video with the same message emphasizing good sportsmanship and behavior for the Border Showdown game.

On a related note, MU wants to stop a performance of the "We Are Mizzou" YouTube video on ESPN's "College GameDay" program which broadcasts from Mizzou Arena tomorrow. 

University administrators stepped in after ESPN presented the students behind the video with a contract to perform during its show. Officials said the lyrics promote bad sportsmanship.

The video was uploaded to YouTube on January 27th, and went viral a short while later as tipoff drew closer. In typical rivalry fashion, the video's success spawned a Kansas rebuttal, and garnered statewide and national attention.

Reaction to news of the University's attempt to prevent the performance was mixed, with people on both sides arguing for and against the group.

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