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Purdue president challenges students for new chant as 'IU Sucks' cheer appears to end

Something has been missing from Mackey Arena this season.

Posted: Nov 13, 2019 6:55 AM
Updated: Nov 13, 2019 8:06 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A famous, controversial cheer at Purdue sporting events appears to have come to an end. 

Purdue Bands confirmed to News 18 the song that prompts the it, "Hail Fire," will not be played at Ross-Ade Stadium and Mackey Arena anymore. It comes following a plea to the students from administrators and coaches to end the "IU Sucks" cheer.

The tune ends with the student section yelling their famous jab at the Indiana Hoosiers, no matter who the Boilermakers are playing. The band dropped the tune for football games this season, however students can still be heard cheering it following kickoffs. 

Purdue President Mitch Daniels has long been a critic of the cheer, heard since the late 2000s. If Daniels had it his way, the chant would have ended years ago. Now, others are on board.

"I commend not just the students making that shift, but everyone else who has participated," said Daniels. "Coach Painter was very helpful, I thought, in saying, 'Hey, let's let that go.'"

During his end of the year remarks in March last season, Coach Matt Painter told the Paint Crew to drop the chant.

"What happened to Matt Haarms in Bloomington wasn't right," said Painter referencing IU's profane chants earlier in the season. "But we've got to clean up our own backyard and give up the 'IU Sucks' chant...We need to make that next step next year when we start off the season."

President Daniels still wants students to be involved in the game. That's why he is challenging the students to come up with something new.

"We have some very clever and creative students around here," said Daniels. "I'm interested to see what they come up with. I want them deviling the other team and maybe cause a little trouble. "Mackey has got to stay a tough arena to play in, but I think we can do it, maybe even do it better, without that particular practice."

Purdue Football hosts the Hoosiers on Nov. 30 for the Old Oaken Bucket game. The Purdue Men's Basketball Team will see Indiana in Mackey on Feb. 27.

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