KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee athletic director Mike
Hamilton scolded students for "embarrassing language" yelled
during a home game against Alabama and asked them to use "good
judgment" in selecting cheers.
Hamilton wrote a letter to the student newspaper, The Daily
Beacon, and sent an e-mail to fans on about the issue.
The No. 8 Volunteers host No. 13 LSU on Saturday. Tennessee beat
Alabama 16-13 on Oct. 21, and the Vols were away at South Carolina
Some fans complained about students yelling cheers laced with
"I have heard from many of you regarding chants led by our
student body at the Alabama game. We ask that our fans demonstrate
respect for our opponents while they are at Neyland Stadium. Our
goal is to create a first-class environment to lend support to our
team while maintaining a fun atmosphere for all fans," Hamilton
wrote. "This type of language is an embarrassment and does not
represent our institution well."
A similar sentiment by Hamilton was published in the Beacon on
Oct. 26: "I am at the same time disturbed by the embarrassing
language directed at the University of Alabama this past weekend.
... While we want students to serve as the twelfth man, we ask that
you use good judgment on your chants during games in the future."
Meanwhile, Hamilton thanked the students for their attendance at
games and said it was providing a "definite home-field
advantage." Part of the student section is located behind the