From: CBS Sportsline
Anyone who has attended a University of Wisconsin hockey game has marveled at the talent and enthusiasm of their band. Well success comes at a price my friend, and that price includes being the first band ever named to the LetsGoDU Bad Boyz Team.
The University of Wisconsin marching band has been suspended indefinitely while allegations of alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct are investigated.
The band was not allowed to play Saturday during a game between the No. 18 Badgers and No. 14 Ohio State at Camp Randall Stadium.
The university made the announcement at a news conference Friday, saying the behavior is consistent with conduct that put the band on probation in 2006.
Mike Leckrone, band director since 1969, said he made the decision and it was the first time in his tenure the entire band has ever been suspended and prevented from playing at a game.
Leckrone said he informed the 300 band members at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
"My feeling was I hit them between the eyes with a sledgehammer," he said.
No details were immediately released about the behavior, only that it involved inappropriate alcohol use, hazing and sexualized behavior. Leckrone said it involved only a small number of band members, but it was significant enough to warrant the suspension.
He and Dean of Students Lori Berquam refused to discuss any details while the investigation by Berquam's office is ongoing.
Penalties for students who violate the university's code of conduct range from a reprimand to expulsion, Berquam said.
It's the latest in a series of high profile problems for the band.
In 2000 the university established a written code of conduct for the band.
In February 2007 the marching band's assistant director Michael Lorenz resigned after an internal report criticized his treatment of a female colleague during a rowdy band trip to Michigan in 2006.
Reports of band members' hazing, alcohol use and inappropriate sexual behavior prompted the university to put the band on probation after the trip.
Then-Chancellor John Wiley threatened band members with losing performance and travel privileges.
Wiley, in an October 2006 letter to Leckrone, called band members' behavior "boorish to patently dangerous and unlawful."
At that time, seminude band members were alleged to have danced suggestively and there were reports of women being forced to kiss other women to be allowed to enter bathrooms on a bus.