Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin reacts to Tennessee crowd: 'COVID does not exist in Knoxville'
SEC baseball coaches can’t stop talking about Tennessee Volunteer fans this season.
Vanderbilt’s Tim Corbin is the most recent conference skipper to acknowledge the impact of the Rocky Top crowd. It appears Vols fans stood out to the Vandy skipper this weekend.
“I don’t know what we’re doing in Nashville, but there aren’t many empty seats (at UT). … COVID does not exist in Knoxville,” Corbin said, per Adam Sparks of The Tennessean. “There are a lot of people here having a good time and sometimes at our expense. They created a very good environment here for baseball, and I credit them.”
Corbin’s comments came following Vanderbilt’s 10-4 Sunday win to take the series. The Commodores and Vols split the first two games 5-0 VU and 8-4 UT.
Earlier this month, LSU coach Paul Mainieri shared a more negative impression of the rowdy crowd in Knoxville.
“It was an extremely hostile environment. Nasty fans, nasty. They were into Tre’ Morgan’s head,” Mainieri said on the show. “I mean, they were on him from the moment he walked out on that field. It was a difficult situation.
“The umpires, there were a lot of calls that went against us and they were having to deal with that. The other team was not handling things with a lot of class, quite frankly. It was an environment that those kids were in for the very first time and it was very difficult.”
Kentucky is the next SEC team scheduled to travel to Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Tennessee hosts the Wildcats April 29-May 1.
“COVID does not exist in Knoxville.”
– Tim Corbin complimenting UT’s atmosphere/crowd and how populated the stadium was.
— Adam Sparks (@AdamSparks) April 18, 2021