Tennessee AD, Chancellor release strong statements about fans throwing debris on the field
University of Tennessee leadership released statements following the actions of Volunteers fans at Neyland Stadium Saturday night.
Ole Miss beat Tennessee 31-26; however, Vols fans threw bottles, trash and other debris onto the field of play with 54 second remaining. Fans were upset at a 4th and 24 spot that ruled Tennessee short of a first down.
The Vols ended up getting the ball back and had a chance to win it at the end; however, backup quarterback Joe Milton ran out of bounds as time ran out on the comeback attempt.
University if Tennessee’s Chancellor and Athletic Director released statements on social media following the game.
Donde Plowman, University of Tennessee Chancellor
“I am astonished and sickened by the behavior of some Vol fans at the end of tonight’s game. Good sportsmanship must be part of who we are as Volunteers. Behavior that puts student-athletes, visitors and other fans at risk is not something we will tolerate. I will be calling Chancellor Boyce in the morning to offer my personal apology on behalf of the University of Tennessee and discuss what we can do to make this right. Neyland Stadium has always been a place for families, and we’ll keep it that way.”
Danny White, University of Tennessee AD
“Our Tennessee fanbase had much to be proud of through 59 minutes of football Saturday night — they created one of the best live sporting event atmospheres I’ve ever experienced — but what transpired in the game’s final minute was unacceptable.
“Player and fan safety is paramount at all times. While I’m incredibly proud of our team’s effort on the field, I’m disappointed that their relentless performance was overshadowed in the game’s closing moments by the actions of several fans whose actions did not represent the Volunteer Spirit or the true character of our university.
“On behalf of the University of Tennessee, I’d like to apologize to the Ole Miss football program and congratulate their student-athletes on a hard fought win. I spoke with Keith Carter after the game and expressed the same sentiment to him.”