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A Reminder about Sportsmanship 1/14/03

Men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings joined the University’s 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 Commodore’s 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 officials.”

Here is the text of the letter:


Dear students,

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.

GO 'DORES!!

Gordon Gee
David Williams
Kevin Stallings

 


 









 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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