LOOK: Tennessee fans obliterate UCLA reporter on Twitter after he seems to fall for fake Rick Barnes report
The Tennessee Volunteers are fighting to keep coach Rick Barnes in Knoxville after the UCLA Bruins started targeting him as a potential replacement for Steve Alford.
Tennessee fans are brutal on Twitter, though, so when one LA Times reporter seemed to make a mistake in getting fooled by a fake account, Vol Nation obliterated him.
As you can see here, a fake Tennessee fan account pretended to be WBIR Channel 10 and said Barnes had officially taken the job and then Ben Bolch jumped in and said it was a done deal:
Fake account reports Barnes news, followed up with a real account confirming that fake account. This is gold 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/NM8IiLC5LiFREE DOWNLOAD FROM SDS
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— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) April 8, 2019
Upon realizing it was a fake account, Bolch softened his tweet, saying the two sides were still working toward a deal:
That account I retweeted was fake but my source isn't. I have been told it's looking like Rick Barnes is headed to UCLA but it's not 100% confirmed.
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) April 8, 2019
As one might expect, Tennessee fans did not let that mistake slide. The replies to Bolch’s latest tweet were brutal:
— Chad Fields (@CfieldsVFL) April 8, 2019
Big difference between saying “done” in the first tweet and “not 100% confirmed” this time, bud
— Will Warren (@gyrateplus) April 8, 2019
iT mIGHt hApPeN buT iT MIGHt NoT pic.twitter.com/yHTlJaKswt
— Jesco White (@FakeJescoWhite) April 8, 2019
— Harvey Heil (@AHHEIL3) April 8, 2019
— Slap Tails (@BrandynJasa) April 8, 2019
— Adam Lutts (@adamlutts) April 8, 2019
So at first it was confirmed, then you realized it was a fake account and you didn’t actually have a source so now you are saying it’s not 100% to save yourself when he doesn’t go. I got to give it to you, it was a bold strategy.
— Loren Patterson (@THE_DEAL_) April 8, 2019
Of course, there’s still a chance Barnes goes to UCLA, but it appears reports that surfaced on Monday evening were false. Don’t mess with Vol Twitter.