Winning Halftime

When the Rice MOB marches, stodginess scatters.
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Photo by William R. Price

In a season that’s been focused more on conference realignment than the game itself, college football’s best take on the chaos came from Rice University’s band during the Owls’ September 3 game at the University of Texas.

The Rice MOB (which stands for Marching Owl Band, even though the band’s website notes, “…we don’t march. Ever.”) took the field of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium at halftime and spelled out “ SEC,” a reference to Texas A&M’s plan to leave UT and the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference—or, as the MOB announcer William R. Price read from the student-authored script, “Satan’s Evil Conference.”

Quickly, the formation changed to “$ EC,” as concise a

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