Tennessee fans pelt field, hit Lane Kiffin after chaotic ending to Ole Miss win

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Lane Kiffin was prepared for just about everything Saturday night time in his to start with return to Neyland Stadium as a head mentor.

But dodging an infinite sea of bottles, both of those plastic and glass, along with an assortment of other projectiles, such as a golfing ball, in what was an unattractive ending to Ole Miss’ 31-26 victory over Tennessee wasn’t on his engage in sheet.

“It is really an emotional sport and admirers are emotional, but you hardly ever count on one thing like that, to see all that things arrive flying out of the stands,” Kiffin informed ESPN. “I obtained strike with a golfing ball, but at least whoever threw it was intelligent sufficient to throw a soiled array ball.”

With 54 seconds remaining, the video game was delayed for all over 20 minutes following officers on the area ruled that Tennessee restricted end Jacob Warren was stopped just small of the initially-down marker on a fourth-and-24 participate in in a questionable location.

The phone on the field was upheld by replay officials, and irate lovers in equally the decrease and higher decks commenced showering the sideline and component of the discipline with particles and bottles, most of them stuffed with drinking water and other substances. Many Ole Pass up cheerleaders were strike.

Protection staff eventually evacuated the Ole Miss sideline and pushed the coaches and gamers to the center of the industry when the video game officers huddled at midfield right up until there was some semblance of buy restored.

Tennessee fans had previously been roundly booing all video game when Ole Overlook defensive players would go down with injuries immediately after the Volunteers would start out shifting the ball on offense.

Lovers threw objects onto the discipline immediately after a contact that stopped a Tennessee generate late in Saturday’s video game was upheld. Bryan Lynn/Usa Currently Athletics

Kiffin, who was the head mentor at Tennessee in 2009 prior to heading to USC, joked that he was heading to maintain the yellow array ball as a souvenir and explained he was just about pegged with numerous other objects.

“There had been a range of bottles with some brown things in them,” Kiffin mentioned. “I am not positive what it was. It probably was not moonshine. They most likely would not waste moonshine on me.”

When the match lastly resumed, Ole Miss out on went 3-and-out and had to punt. With a few timeouts remaining, Tennessee was in a position to get the ball back with 27 seconds left at the Ole Overlook 47 soon after Velus Jones Jr. returned the punt 40 yards.

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker was hurt on the to start with play of the push, and backup Joe Milton III was pushed out of bounds four plays later on the game’s remaining participate in at the Ole Overlook 8-lawn line.

Directors from both the SEC and the University of Tennessee issued strongly worded statements condemning the bottle-throwing scene at the stop of the game. Donde Plowman, UT’s chancellor, tweeted that she was “astonished and sickened by the behavior of some Vol supporters at the close of tonight’s match.”

She additional that she would be contacting Ole Pass up chancellor Glenn Boyce on Sunday early morning to supply her private apology on behalf of the College of Tennessee and “explore what we can do to make this suitable.”

“Neyland Stadium has generally been a area for people, and we will continue to keep it that way,” Plowman reported.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, in a statement just after the match, claimed the “steps of supporters at Saturday night’s video game were being unacceptable less than any instances. We are accustomed to extreme level of competition each and every week, but beneath no circumstance is it acceptable to endanger the contest participants and disrupt a game.”

Sankey said the league would critique existing meeting guidelines and the commissioner’s authority to impose penalties and “converse with the management at the College of Tennessee — and all of the SEC’s member universities — to make sure this circumstance is not recurring.”

Kiffin informed ESPN he by no means lobbied to stop the recreation as bottles continued to be hurled from the stands.

“I just required to make absolutely sure our coaches and everybody on our sideline who didn’t have helmets had been protected,” Kiffin claimed. “The gamers have helmets. My factor was, ‘Let’s end this and get out of listed here.'”

Kiffin was complimentary of various Tennessee officials, like Invoice Whitesell, who came in excess of to the Ole Miss out on sideline to support retain all people secure. Tennessee athletic director Danny White also stood about on the Ole Miss out on sideline with Ole Overlook athletic director Keith Carter for the duration of element of the delay and viewed the stands as regulation enforcement officials tried to deescalate the scenario.

White tweeted that the Tennessee admirer base had substantially to be proud of via 59 minutes of soccer Saturday and known as it one particular of the very best are living sporting atmospheres he has at any time professional. But he explained what transpired in the final minute was “unacceptable.” White apologized to the Ole Overlook soccer system on behalf of the University of Tennessee.

Tennessee coach Josh Heupel mentioned he was unhappy that the stoppage of the match “will be the story from this soccer activity from a little sum of our admirers since there ended up so several that represented depth in a terrific way tonight.”

Kiffin’s father, 82-yr-old Monte Kiffin, experienced to be escorted from the industry right before the conclusion of the sport together with Kiffin’s sister Heidi. And at the time the match did conclusion, Kiffin was pelted with a lot more objects as he entered the traveling to locker area tunnel, which includes a significant box of popcorn.

“I bought a number of No. 1 symptoms, as well, but they had been the No. 1 signals with the center finger,” Kiffin joked. “I guess this is the tale of my existence. Almost nothing is ever standard.”

Ole Skip quarterback Matt Corral stated the players understood all week how essential this contest was to Kiffin.

“Mentor was rather awesome about this match, but we wanted him to know that we had his again,” reported Corral, who handed for 231 yards and rushed for 195 more. “It just will make it that much sweeter when you see how mad their supporters were being to see him come again in here and earn.”