The Athletics Department has suspended public address announcer Glen Scholz for inappropriate remarks said over a hot mic during last Saturday’s football game versus Angelo State in Javelina Stadium.
The comment came in quietly, but was widely heard by the crowd through the Javelina Stadium speakers saying, “I need a [explicit] drink,” during the fourth quarter of a 22-21 Javelina loss.
Disciplinary action was swift as Scholz was suspended for two weeks, according to a source.
Scott Gines, Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics & Campus Recreation, confirmed there would be “alternative announcers” for Javelina athletic events during the next two weeks but refused to comment further.
“We do not make a practice of commenting on personnel matters… Protocol, attentiveness to detail, and professionalism are highly valued priorities within our media relations unit,”he said.
As for who will replace Scholz for volleyball’s matchups versus West Texas A&M and UT Permian Basin, and for the Oct. 15s homecoming football game versus UTPB, Gines confirmed the games “will feature alternative announcers.”
The slip-up came after Scholz called out fans over the PA system for “making [the school] look stupid” by throwing tortillas from the stands after a Javelina touchdown. This only antagonized the fans, who then hurled boos and even more tortillas into the air. The tradition of tossing tortillas from the stands after a Javelina touchdown has become a point of contention between spectators and the school administration since the practice was banned in 2010, but a revamped football team has brought the issue back into relevance.
Scholz has repeatedly told the crowd to stop throwing tortillas throughout the season.
The South Texan tried to reach out to Scholz but did not get a response by press time.