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Tennessee punished by SEC

 Billy Jones   in Football

The SEC dealt a punishment to the University of Tennessee after trash thrown by fans halted Saturday's game.

Photo credits to the University of Tennessee

The Southeastern Conference has handed out its punishment to the University of Tennessee following Saturday night's mass debris-throwing incident near the end of the Vols' game with Ole Miss. 

An electric and incredible gameday scene on Saturday night in Knoxville turned very ugly with just under a minute left in the game as play was halted for over 20 minutes due to trash on the field. The SEC announced a fine as well as demands for the Tennessee athletic department. 

In response, the SEC imposed a $250,000 fine on Tennessee. In addition, it asked for their compliance as the SEC looks to use all available resources to punish those responsible. The league also asked for revisions to the school’s game day code of conduct policy, especially regarding alcohol.

Tennessee fans were already at fever pitch even before kick-off with former coach Lane Kiffin on the opposing sideline. After Tennessee tight end Jacob Warren was marked just short of a first down, fans littered the field with trash due to their disagreement with the spot of the ball. 

Play was halted for 20 minutes as the band and cheerleaders were escorted out of the stadium. After play resumed, Ole Miss held on for a 31-26 win.