U. of Tennessee Boots Alabama Alumni From Building Over Ill-Timed Cheer

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has stopped allowing a local group of University of Alabama alumni to rent a room in its visitor’s center over an apparently ill-timed rendition of Alabama’s famous “Roll Tide” cheer, according to The Knoxville News-Sentinel.

The Alabama group had been renting out space in Tennessee’s building since it was a faculty club in the 1970s. But in recent years, Tennessee has used the building as its admissions office and the starting point for campus tours, according to the newspaper. A prospective Tennessee student’s parent told university officials that he had overheard the Alabama cheer on a campus visit. The Alabama group later learned that it would have to find a new location for its longtime meetings. Its president asked Tennessee to reconsider, but his request was denied.

A Tennessee spokeswoman told the newspaper that campus officials were “sure the fine folks at Alabama would not want us singing ‘Rocky Top’ in their admissions office,” adding that they wanted the center to be about Tennessee’s traditions. But the Alabama group’s leader said “somebody has lost perspective of college sports and the rivalry and all that,” calling the situation “just unfortunate.”

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