Tennessee Volunteers fans have once again found a way to embarrass themselves.
Late in Tennessee’s home loss to the Ole Miss Rebels following a questionable spot on a 4th-and-24 play for the Vols’ offense that was ruled short, Tennessee fans began hurling various objects onto the field at Neyland Stadium, including water bottles, beer cans, golf balls (some of which at Lane Kiffin), and even a mustard bottle of all things.
Kiffykins getting drilled with golf balls pic.twitter.com/TJxGLQbM61— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 17, 2021
Play was suspended for about 20 minutes so that the field could be cleaned while cheerleaders, the dance team and the bands were escorted to the tunnels exiting the field.
This wasn’t even the first time Vols fans made fools of themselves in the last five minutes. When Ole Miss QB Matt Corral injured his knee and was down on the field, Tennessee fans actually cheered.
Matt Corral was tackled from behind, stayed down for a few seconds before getting up then going back down again... Damn. pic.twitter.com/myFAKf01Y3— ✯✯✯✯✯ (@FTBVids_YT) October 17, 2021
Matt Corral is hurt, dropped to his knees in Knoxville. The Tennessee crowd cheered the injury.— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) October 17, 2021
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has since released a statement in which he made it clear the league will do everything to ensure this never happens again.
“The Conference has established expectations for behavior and sportsmanship, and the actions of fans at Saturday night’s game were unacceptable under any circumstances,” Sankey said. We are accustomed to intense competition every week, but under no circumstances is it acceptable to endanger the contest participants and disrupt a game.
“We will review existing Conference policies and the Commissioner’s authority to impose penalties and communicate with the leadership at the University of Tennessee – and all of the SEC’s member universities – to make certain this situation is not repeated.”