SEC releases strongly-worded statement about Tennessee fans' actions at end of Ole Miss game
The Southeastern Conference released a statement early Sunday morning following Saturday’s actions of Tennessee fans. The game was delayed almost 20 minutes due to Volunteers fans throwing trash — bottles and golf balls, etc. — onto the field of play.
Ole Miss held on to beat Tennessee 31-26, but unfortunately, that won’t be the story. Vols fans who were throwing objects onto the field were upset over a 4th and 24 play where Tennessee was ruled short of a first down. The play was reviewed and the call was upheld. Then, fans took out their frustrations by throwing objects onto the field.
Following the game, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey released a strongly-worded statement about the actions of Tennessee fans.
“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 in a statement. “We are accustomed to intense competition every week, but under no circumstances is it acceptable to endanger the content 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.”
It sounds as if Sankey and the SEC could fine Tennessee to make certain this doesn’t happen again.