Nebraska basketball: Student media guide for Kansas game draws fire

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The Nebraska basketball team’s student section media guide came under fire because national media didn’t know what they were looking at.

If the last second loss to Kansas wasn’t bad enough for Nebraska basketball fans, the national media has taken something that was handed out to students and made a mountain out of a molehill.

At issue is the student media guide that is laid on seats in the student section at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Part of that “media guide” is a section that runs down the opponents in what is meant to be satire.

That was apparently lost on a couple of journalists who got ahold of a picture of the guide, complete with pictures of the Jayhawks starters. Along with the pictures were supposed factual captions for each one.

For Udoka Azubuike, for instance, the caption read “is one of the 12 passionate Kansas football fans.” Devonte Graham’s caption reads “orders off the kids menu at restaurants.”

While those captions were relatively benign, there were others that were a bit more pointed. One, in particular, drew quite a bit of ire.  For Lagerald Vick, the caption was “Michael Vick’s cousin/dog breeder.”

While that might not be particularly funny, it might even be in poor taste, it also wasn’t the official media guide for the Huskers.

Some confusion started up among national media types when a writer for the Lawrence Journal-World tweeted out the picture. Along with that picture was the caption ‘pre-game program is a little harsh.”

While Scott Chasen denoted later in the thread that this was in fact, for the student section and not the official media guide, the Nebraska basketball team and the school, in general, did face a bit of a public backlash on Twitter.