It wasn’t just the students after all.

Tennessee’s athletic department has barred nine non-student fans from the remainder of any athletic events in the 2021-22 year, according to a report by The Athletic. Dozens of objects were thrown onto the field in the last minute of the Oct. 16 loss to Ole Miss. Many of the objects were meant to hit Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin, including a golf ball. Kiffin coached the Vols for one season in 2019, before leaving abruptly for the Southern California head coaching position.

Fans began throwing objects, mostly trash, after the Vols failed to convert on a fourth-and-24. The Vols were ruled one-yard short of a first down on a questionable spot before the eruption at Neyland Stadium began.. The game was halted for 20 minutes with 54 seconds remaining before it was finally resumed. Tennessee’s defense held the Rebels and had one last chance to win before UT quarterback Joe Milton ran out of bounds short of the goal line with no time left on the clock.

Video of fans throwing objects on the field contributed to proof that led to the banishments. The investigation is continuing and more punitive action could be taken. The UT police department had previously reported that 18 people were arrested and 47 people were ejected from the event that Ole Miss ended up winning 31-26.



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