Auburn told by UT: no Tiger Walk before Saturday's game

The only team walking anywhere before the game this weekend will be Tennessee.

Auburn requested permission to add a Tiger Walk to go with the Vols' version of the Vol Walk before Saturday's game at Neyland Stadium (TV: ESPN, 7:45), but UT won't be sharing the streets for pregame festivities thanks to concerns about safety.

"The area where the visiting teams drop off is on a hill in a very tight space (by Gate 10)," UT spokesperson Tiffany Carpenter said Wednesday in an e-mail to The News Sentinel. "In 2004 when the Tigers played here, we had approximately 5,000 fans show up with the band and the cheerleaders, which was a great atmosphere, but a huge safety issue for the student-athletes, band and cheerleaders and fans because of the tight space.

"If something had happened to a fan in that area, EMT would not have been able to respond because of the crowd size."

UT had to cancel the Vol Walk last week due to weather issues, though it should be return as scheduled before kickoff this weekend.

And though Auburn won't be allowed to stage its own march to the stadium, visiting fans can still greet the Tigers before they enter it.

"We have just requested that the band and the cheerleaders not set up because it does create a safety issue," Carpenter said.

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bspurlingcac#225603 writes:

Now were talking. Go Vols!!!

SavTnVol writes:

Screw em..This is our house.....

PennVol writes:

...and scoring more points than the Vols is strictly prohibited.

brianarauch#206642 writes:

It's going to be a long "tiger walk" back to Auburn. Let the tigers/wareagles/plainsmen walk on home after the beatdown they receive Saturday night.

VolunteerLifer writes:

This is our house. This is our campus. This is our stadium. This is our town. This is a home game for our team. The pregame walk before a home game is our tradition. How dare a visiting team ask to replicate - can you say cheapen? - our traditions on our campus.

If Auburn wants a Walk they can all meet at a local shopping mall parking lot and march their band and walk around all they want.

I suggest they have a campus pre-game walk in the years when the game is on THIER HOME CAMPUS!!!

tmartin writes:

we can provide them a walk if they want one. UT fans are encouraged to show up and line the AU path to stadium from the bus; we can all tell them they are number 1.

Chris4Vols22 writes:

Why in the world would we even consider allowing a Tiger Walk? Auburn may as well have asked for the W without playing the game.

DownTheField writes:

While a Tiger Walk will not be possible, we do invite Auburn fans to participate in an Eagle Fly: fans may show their support by jumping from any height and swooping down onto their favorite Auburn players as they enter Neyland Stadium.

DennisVols writes:

I always wanted to see the Auburn Tiger attack the Auburn War Eagle. It seems funny to have dual mascots and one is prey for the other one.
Go figure
Keeping it Real
Go Vols!!!

bugman (Inactive) writes:

this is america, not sparta

Major_Magilicutty writes:

As Nelson Muntz would say....HA HA!

gbrown2 writes:

I don't understand Auburn!!! This is our home field!!! Why should they even want to do a walk? That's just ridiculous!!!! Auburn-GET A LIFE!!!! You can do the walk at home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL

golfballs03 writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

This is our house. This is our campus. This is our stadium. This is our town. This is a home game for our team. The pregame walk before a home game is our tradition. How dare a visiting team ask to replicate - can you say cheapen? - our traditions on our campus.

If Auburn wants a Walk they can all meet at a local shopping mall parking lot and march their band and walk around all they want.

I suggest they have a campus pre-game walk in the years when the game is on THIER HOME CAMPUS!!!

it's an Auburn tradition to do it all their road games. but if Tennessee fans want to show up and welcome them, then go ahead! Gate 10

arlvol writes:

tiger walk = bataan death march walk

DownTheField writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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He's even excited the opposing fan-bases; so much so, that even mighty mighty Florida fans spend inordinate amounts of time eavesdropping on a lil' ol' Tennessee football site. You looking to buy a ticket too?

Vol86 writes:

Folks I have given this point before. We need WR'S. They are not dangerous and do not scare anyone. However, look at un comming recruiting class. A lot of wr's. Kiff knows what he is doing it wiil take time.

surfmaster writes:

WTH? I would let them do it if Auburn would agree to let our team run through the "T" on their home field.

dvsvol writes:

Well, I'm all fer it!!! Remember when they nearly turned over our team bus @ Auburn, or the year store merchants gave away oranges to Auburn fans to throw at our players as they went to dressing room after warm-ups? That little stunt got their team a 42-point whuppin (Auburn had been a 3-pt favorite...), 42-0. Er..., maybe we should be gracious hosts until the kickoff. THEN we can open up that 6-pack a' whuuup-a*$!!! Really, I'm anxious about the game. Should be a good, close battle! GBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

spencer1989#206886 writes:

in response to PennVol:

...and scoring more points than the Vols is strictly prohibited.

In addition to having more turnovers.

spencer1989#206886 writes:

in response to surfmaster:

WTH? I would let them do it if Auburn would agree to let our team run through the "T" on their home field.

Exactly.....That would be the only way I would agree to it. I might even request they have their coach wear a coon skin cap while we ran through the T there.

volvoice writes:

Auburn will come up with some kind of scheme to have their 'walk'. So, big deal. The excuse of not having the ability for EMT's to get to any injuries is lame. Why not just say 'no'?

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to golfballs03:

it's an Auburn tradition to do it all their road games. but if Tennessee fans want to show up and welcome them, then go ahead! Gate 10

And we're somehow obligated to honor their road traditions at our home games? What planet are they from?

As I said, they can parade some place they can find around Knoxville all they want - just not on our campus or at our stadium. simple.

spencer1989#206886 writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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You know something....I don't recall ever seeing a positive message from you. Having said that, why do you even bother using the word "us"? But then again, why am I wasting my time responding to you? But to your point....I wouldn't bet the farm on it just yet. I believe in this program, the direction we're headed in, and the players. Sit back and watch this game because you might just be surprised.

MANVOL writes:

in response to SavTnVol:

Screw em..This is our house.....

That's what I'm saying!!GoVols!!

jjhvols writes:

They also asked for a tree to "roll" so they can imitate Toomer's Corner.

RammerJammer09 writes:

Man all you Tenn fans seem more concerned about Auburn walking then playing the game

cloudodust writes:

Tennessee's rushing game will dominate Auburn's defense and Tennessee's defense will dominate Auburn's offense. We're talking 60 minutes of football here. Vols win Saturday night.

BDaws writes:

in response to DownTheField:

While a Tiger Walk will not be possible, we do invite Auburn fans to participate in an Eagle Fly: fans may show their support by jumping from any height and swooping down onto their favorite Auburn players as they enter Neyland Stadium.

I literally just laughed out loud at work so loud some people gave me crazy stares.

UrbanStopCallingMe writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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Us? Auburn is playing Tennessee this week, not Kentucky. Everyone knows you are a Kentucky fan.

give_him_6 writes:

They're visiting....enough said.

AllVol2008#1353998 writes:

in response to tmartin:

we can provide them a walk if they want one. UT fans are encouraged to show up and line the AU path to stadium from the bus; we can all tell them they are number 1.

Very, very funny.

scott_m99 writes:

Tyler Bray has committed to Tennessee!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Tony Barnhart on 104.5 with Doug Mathews and Phillip F said this afternoon he expects Tenn to win this game.

He and a bunch of others.

US_Army_Vol writes:

in response to DennisVols:

I always wanted to see the Auburn Tiger attack the Auburn War Eagle. It seems funny to have dual mascots and one is prey for the other one.
Go figure
Keeping it Real
Go Vols!!!

DennisV, I'm not saying you're not correct; however, I'm thinking back 35 + years to all of the Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom episodes I watched with my Dad...I don't recollect tigers ever preying on Bald Eagles. Or were you suggesting that it's the Eagle that preys on the tiger? Oh well who cares...I'm with you, I never have understood the dual mascot thing. On the other hand a truly sharp Auburn fan (now there's an oxymoron) might rightfully suggest that the Volunteer and Smokey could well qualify as two mascots also. I'm just sayin'...
Wow, I can't believe I actually devoted two completely unrecoverable minutes of my life to writing that nonsense...LOL !
God Bless the Vols and God Bless America!!!

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

i agree with the poster who said that we should let them do the walk, but in response, they should not be allowed to score more than 3 points.

Or if they don't like that proposal, maybe make a trade where they can do their walk, but they have to bat down every pass Jonathon Crompton throws to them.

CrankE writes:

Col. Sanders; Does the K on the side of the helmet stand for Konkussion?

Tiger walk? Maybe they could drive to the game in the Auburn Hummer (aka The Aubummer).

sambosam411 writes:

in response to fittobetide:

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Why are you here? You do not see Vol fans wasting our time on your sites. Just another example of looser fan mentality. I am guessing you never played the game and are as loyal as the polls and ESPN let you be. Remember the ESPN Kool-Aide is full of sweetner not Sugar. Let the kids play the game and leave the ignorant commenting to the media.
BYE

CoverOrange writes:

Sportsmanship? Oh, never mind.

cloudodust writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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We're saving you a seat...

chargervol writes:

in response to reyem060809:

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The largest attendance at the swamp to watch a college football game was 2 weeks ago. So, I ask you, why does it take the Vols to set the mark? There were an awful lot of dissappointed fans leaving that place that day. Vol fans who were looking for a win, and gator fans looking for a beatdown, neither came to pass. So, if the gators have these true fans why don't they pack that place all the time? And, now that the "u" is back, who is going to fill the 5,000 seats that flip-flop cane fans took up the last 5yrs.? Now those are good questions. GO VOLS!!!!

chargervol writes:

in response to fittobetide:

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With that user name, I have to ask, What are you on probation for? GO VOLS!!!

whatcanbrowndoforyou writes:

However Auburn walks into the stadium they just better be sure to stay out of the fast Lane, because there is a big orange machine coming and it ain't slowing down for no body!! Go Big Orange!!!!

tdforvols writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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Don't worry DC, The house will be full and rocking come Saturday. When an opposing team sends their unsold tickets back it takes a few days to get rid of them all.

doubledown writes:

What's the problem, lot to do about nothing. Peyton Manning pass is as steep a hill there is coming into the stadium and weekly our boys in them slippery shiny shoes and suits, going inching they're way down the hill. Gate 10 is all the way the around then end of the stadium, out of site out of mind for the Vols. In the spirit of sportsmanship, I think this was a bad call by somebody at UT.

7_Game_Maxims writes:

Bulletin Board Material / Spy Report

I'm in Birmingham this week and Tommy Tubberville was on the local sports radio show and all but guaranteed an Auburn win. He states that our O line "is not that good" and that we can't block their hotshot D lineman (can't remember name). He predicts that they will score in the 30s.

Dave Hooker was a guest on the afternoon show and telling the fan base down there that he thinks that our fan base is still divided due to the low turn out at the Ohio game. He said in the good ol' days "a tornado" would not have kept the fans away. Thanks Dave!

We need to show up and be loud. It's their 1st road game and they are feeling cocky and over-confident. Some of the Alabama fans here say that AUs defense is not that good at stoppinig the run and has a questionable secondary.

we3vols#281863 writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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Change you name to "Baby Bird" because you are more full of Shat than a Baby Bird. Go VOLS. I will look for your posts after the game.

jlpence#527809 writes:

this is crazy for a visiting team want to have a team walk.

jlpence#527809 writes:

this was crazy.... ain't no way a visiting team have there on walk !! GO VOLS

MayberryUnionHigh writes:

To DC: the reason it's not a sell-out could be a combination of all those reasons you suggested. Neyland Stadim still seats over 100,000 and that's still a lot of $40 tickets for a program in transition. Regardless, you can bet your butt that the number of folks who are in the stadium Saturday--wheter it's a bonafide sell-out or not--would be enough people to not only fill Florida's stadium, but it would probably be the biggest crowd in its history.

Cldvols1 writes:

Outstanding! I can understand at a teams home stadium but c'mon, shouldn't even ask to do one at an away game. But I understand the reason they're not, for safety issues;)

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