It didn’t take long for Wisconsin to release an official statement in response to a man wearing a Barack Obama mask and a noose at last Saturday’s game. On Wednesday, Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez issued his own statement condemning the act and promising changes to the university’s policies.
According to the statement Wisconsin issued Saturday, individuals are not allowed to enter Camp Randall Stadium in a mask but can put one on once inside the stadium. In Alvarez’s statement, he said the plan is to have a “revised policy” in place before the next home game.
“I am deeply troubled by the incident from last Saturday’s game and I am sorry for the harm it caused. I am determined that nothing like this will happen again.
“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with a number of community leaders and students this afternoon to discuss our stadium policies. Our plan, before our next home football game, is to have a revised policy in place. Our department is committed to working collaboratively to make our stadium a great and safe place for fans to watch a football game.”
"I am determined that nothing like this will happen again."
– Barry Alvarez pic.twitter.com/0MhU8IuUC0
— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) November 2, 2016
Wisconsin’s next home game is No. 12 against Illinois.
In September, Alvarez signed a contract extension through Jan. 21, 2021. He was previously the Badgers’ head football coach. Alvarez won a program-record 119 games.