The incident had led to several arrests and evictions.
The SEC fined Tennessee hundreds of thousands of dollars on Monday in the wake of an incident during Saturday’s game against Ole Miss when fans threw trash on the field in anger over a call.
Bands and cheerleaders were forced to leave the field, while Ole Miss players had to move away from the shore to avoid being hit by debris. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin was hit with golf balls and a water bottle was thrown at her while leaving the field after the game.
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“The disruption to Saturday night’s game is unacceptable and cannot be repeated on any SEC campus,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. News release. “Today’s action is in line with an oversight handed down by the SEC Office of Membership, including financial penalties and a review of alcohol availability. We use this opportunity to emphasize the importance of providing a safe environment for every SEC member, even with the intensity Contest which takes place every week. We will reconsider our membership in further review of the Alcohol Availability Policy to consider additional measures for the sale and management of alcohol while providing an environment suitable for collegiate competition. Will include.”
Tennessee was fined $250,000 under the convention’s sportsmanship, sports management and alcohol availability policies, along with other penalties. The SEC said the money “will be deducted from the university’s share of SEC revenue distributions.”
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Additionally, the SEC stated that Tennessee would:
- “There is a need to use all available resources, including security, stadium and television video, to identify persons who threw objects at the playing field or the opposing team. All persons involved in disrupting play are prohibited from participating.” Tennessee athletics events for the remainder of the 2021-22 academic and athletic year.
- Review and update your athletics department’s sports management procedures and alcohol availability policies to prevent a recurrence of Saturday night disruption, including SEC Sportsmanship, Game Management and Alcohol Policies, to verify full compliance with existing standards. but will include evaluation of consent.
- “After the completion of this review and prior to the University of Tennessee’s next home football game, the University will provide a report to the Conference Office to support its efforts to identify and punish offenders and prevent similar incidents in the future.” Plan to implement policies to ensure compliance with convention standards.”
According to the University of Tennessee Police Department, 18 arrests and 47 evictions Neeland Stadium.
A spokeswoman for Tennessee told Knoxville News Sentinel That more security cameras could be added to the stadium near the student square.
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“We are trying to identify the people who threw things on the field last night to hold them accountable,” Chancellor Donde Plömann told the newspaper. “In addition, Athletics is working with UTPD and the Department of Student Life to provide me and (Athletics Director) Danny White with recommendations on how to try and prevent bad behavior in the stadium, especially in our student community.”