University of Alabama officials discuss banning “Dixieland Delight” song after Iron Bowl
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – The University of Alabama says it’s reviewing the use of a popular song at athletic events after students turned it into an obscene chant during the Auburn game.
Athletic director Bill Battle issued a statement Wednesday saying school officials will discuss whether to continue playing “Dixieland Delight.”
The song was first released by the band Alabama more than 30 years ago, and the university often plays it over the public address system at football games. Most of the crowd sings along.
However, many fans have added in a few extra words of their own, including one that are sexual in nature. There are also obscenities that follow that are directed at Auburn, LSU and Tennessee. Students added in more chants during the Auburn game especially.
Battle says the university tries to act with class, and the behavior of fans is a big part of that.