Bands: No playing after huddle breaks

Updated: October 9, 2009, 8:45 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Southwestern Athletic Conference has reprimanded the Grambling State and Prairie View marching bands for playing at inappropriate times during a game last weekend.

Conference spokesman Duane Lewis says each band played as the other team's offense approached the line of scrimmage in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, even though conference rules say bands must stop after the offense breaks its huddle. Lewis didn't know which band violated the rules first.

He said each band did so at least twice, despite warnings by officials and the stadium announcer.

A second violation by either band would mean a one-game suspension; a third would keep it off the field and out of the stands for the rest of the season.

Prairie View won Saturday's game 35-32.


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