PR News apologizes to Wichita State University and the Shockers

WICHITA — It was a day late, but PR News has apologized for suggesting through an e-mail to PR executives nationally that they can “score big” in the industry if they “Don’t be like Wichita State.”

“On behalf of PR News, I wish to apologize to Wichita State University and its many basketball fans and supporters across the country for the reference to the university in our March 26 email solicitation,” wrote Diane Schwartz, senior vice president and group publisher for PR News in what appears to be an e-mail blast to the same people who received the initial e-mail on Wednesday.

“The subject line was inappropriate and reflected poor judgment on our part. We have taken steps to ensure such statements made in our email solicitations will not happen again,” Schwartz wrote. “Thank you for understanding that mistakes happen, even to those who serve the PR trade. We are humbled by the incident and appreciate your continued support.”

Late Wednesday evening, Schwartz also sent a note to Barth Hague, WSU’s associate vice president for university relations and chief marketing officer. She said, in part, “I and my team have the utmost respect for your university — and the Shockers –and please understand that we own up to this mistake in judgment.”

The mass apology was sent Thursday morning.

“I find it acceptable,” Hague says. “I know that others who have been talking to me from outside of the organization thought it was weak.”

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“We aren’t much accustomed to third-place finishes at Wichita State.”

WSU director of athletics Eric Sexton, who says he hopes “the Shocker Nation” step ups and votes angry for Coach Gregg Marshall in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge to benefit the Wichita Children’s Home

Drake alum Bob Layton’s team — along with his attire — takes a drubbing

WICHITA — Wichita State’s 61-38 trouncing of Drake on Friday had to be painful for any Drake University alum, but perhaps particularly so for Wichita City Manager Bob Layton.

Layton took some ribbing for wearing a Drake sweatshirt to the WSU home game.

“I have gone all season without seeing Eric Sexton except for that game,” Layton says of the WSU athletic director.

Sexton helpfully suggested where Layton might find some WSU clothing options.

“He told me where I could go look at them, yes.”

Layton informed Sexton that he has a WSU sweatshirt that he really does wear.

And Layton wants Wichitans to know he is a loyal WSU fan.

“I talked to coach (Gregg) Marshall this summer, and I said I will be a loyal fan except for two games this season.”

To those who tease or criticize him for sporting Drake’s logo instead of WSU’s, Layton says, “It’s hard to give somebody grief whose team is suffering as bad as ours was.”