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Kansas: We're Really Sorry About This Show

The university's Late Night at the Phog event got wilder than expected
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 5, 2019 5:00 PM CDT
In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 photo, rapper Snoop Dogg performs for the Allen Fieldhouse crowd during Late Night in the Phog, Kansas' annual NCAA college basketball kickoff at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence,...   (Nick Krug/The Lawrence Journal-World via AP)
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(Newser) – The University of Kansas apologized for its risque Late Night at the Phog event in which rapper Snoop Dogg performed, stripper poles were wheeled onto the Allen Fieldhouse floor, and fake money was shot over the heads of prospective recruits, the AP reports. Athletic director Jeff Long said Friday night "we expected a clean version of the show." The Jayhawks instead got an R-rated performance for their annual basketball kickoff. "We made it clear to the entertainers' managers that we expected a clean version of the show and took additional steps to communicate to our fans, including moving the artist to the final act of the evening, to ensure that no basketball activities would be missed if anyone did not want to stay for his show," Long said in a statement.

"I take full responsibility for not thoroughly vetting all the details of the performance and offer my personal apology to those who were offended," he added. Kansas has been putting on Late Night for 35 years, but what began as a scrimmage to celebrate the start of basketball practices has turned into a night of skits, music, and entertainment. Snoop performed for about 35 minutes to a full house that included the men's and women's basketball teams. But he wound up singing unedited versions of several hits, such as "Gin and Juice" and "Drop It Like It's Hot," as pole dancers performed and fake $100 bills featuring the rapper's face were shot over players and recruits. Meanwhile, the school is dealing with a high-level NCAA infractions case tied to recruiting.

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