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At Kansas State, students have to promise to be good at games

MANHATTAN, Kan. Before Kansas State students can pick up their tickets to home sporting events this year, they have to sign a sportsmanship pledge in which they promise to "refrain from using profanity and inappropriate chants" and to "show respect for all participating student-athletes, coaches, fans and officials." Any student found in violation of the sportsmanship pledge risks punishment from the school, including being removed from games and having their tickets taken away for the athletic year. The sportsmanship pledge is a first of its kind in the Big 12. K-State students and athletic administrators came up with the idea together, said Scott Garrett,...