UO athletic director: fans should 'place a priority on civility'

Days before the Oregon Ducks take on the Washington Huskies, officials at the University of Oregon are urging football fans to play nice.

Posted: Oct. 9, 2018 7:29 PM
Updated: Oct. 9, 2018 7:33 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Days before the Oregon Ducks take on the Washington Huskies, officials at the University of Oregon are urging football fans to play nice.

An ad signed by University of Oregon’s Athletic Director Rob Mullens appeared in a local newspaper Tuesday morning.

It starts by calling Duck fans “electric, amazing…best in all of college football,” but when you keep reading the ad, there’s a request. The request calls for fans to “place a priority on civility.”

After the game against Stanford and Oregon, KEZI aired a video of fans throwing objects at Stanford Cardinal players after the Ducks lost.

RELATED: Video shows Duck fans throwing objects at Cardinal players

KEZI 9 News reached out to Mullens and asked if the unruly behavior against Stanford was the reason for Tuesday’s ad, but he said it was not.

"We just wanted to remind folks that one of the things that makes Autzen great is the way in which we treat one another and treat our visiting fans,” Mullens said.

University of Oregon students echoed Mullen’s statements after the message was also sent to their emails.

"Teams consider their fans to be a player on the field a lot of the time," student Cameron Derby said. "You hear that they're 12th man in a lot of different areas so they should be held accountable just like a player is on the field."

Long time Ducks fan Earl Gosnell said there’s a way to show pride while still being respectful to other fans.

"Well, if you have manners, when you clap, you're a little bit restrained because you're considerate of people around you," Gosnell said. "That's just part of old fashioned manners and it doesn't mean you're not for the team. It's just that you have manners and are considerate of those around you."

KEZI asked Mullens if he planned any concrete changes for Saturday’s security plan.

“Every single week,we have a plan and we have a debrief. We have outstanding staff, outstanding partners who obviously understand what is is to make sure that we have a friendly environment and those folks will continue to do a great job and adjust where needed," Mullens said.

The university recently implemented new restrictions at Autzen stadium to improve safety.

For a reminder of those restrictions, click here.

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