A Reminder about Sportsmanship 1/14/03
basketball coach Kevin Stallings joined the Universitys
top officials in reminding fans not to let their enthusiasm
carry them onto the court during or after basketball games.
Stallings, Chancellor Gordon Gee and Vice Chancellor David
Williams signed a letter that was e-mailed to all students
following the Commodores dramatic win over fourth-ranked
Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday night that resulted in scores
of fans celebrating on the court.
[That] was a game that we will all remember for a long
time - as much for the enthusiasm of the fans as for the quality
of play, they wrote. The Southeastern Conference
has asked all its members to exercise good judgment and common
sense in protecting the safety and security of players and
Here is the text of the letter:
This is an exciting time of the year, especially in Memorial
Gym. Vanderbilt is facing the best basketball teams in the
country. And, thanks to your support, we are winning. Saturday
night's victory over Alabama was a game that we will all remember
for a long time -- as much for the enthusiasm of the fans
as for the quality of play.
Vanderbilt's athletic teams are first and foremost your teams.
We all are proud of your exuberance and involvement. That's
what makes Memorial...Magic. But with more fans than ever
coming to SEC games, the Southeastern Conference has asked
all its members to exercise good judgment and common sense
in protecting the safety and security of players and officials.
Remember, at no time during the game should fans be on the
court, even after the buzzer. We understand that this is a
difficult policy to observe, especially at the end of those
particularly exciting games that really demand a celebration.
You, the Vanderbilt students, will always be number one when
it comes to supporting our teams. We are counting on YOU to
make sure that Memorial Gym remains the toughest house in
the league, but that it is also a safe place for fans, officials,
visitors and players alike.
Vanderbilt is committed to making every athletic event fun
and safe, a commitment that requires your support. The Commodores
will enjoy many big wins this season, and we enlist your help
now in making sure that our athletic events continue to be
spirited - and safe - events that reflect Vanderbilt's commitment
to good sportsmanship by fans and players alike.