Prior to Eastern Carolina's 47-29 loss to the University of Central Florida, a group of students on the Pirate's marching band joined the growing protests around the nation by taking a knee during the national anthem on Saturday.

Eastern Carolina University Marching Band Students Kneeling

At halftime the band came back out to perform, where they received a litany of boos. Loud boos.

 

Soon after the game's conclusion, the Eastern Carolina Chancellor Dr. Cecil Stanton released a statement on the students decision to protest.

ECU chancellor response