The University of Tennessee at Knoxville has stopped allowing a local group of University of Alabama alumni to rent a room in its visitor‚Äôs center over an apparently ill-timed rendition of Alabama‚Äôs famous ‚ÄúRoll Tide‚ÄĚ cheer, according to The Knoxville News-Sentinel.
The Alabama group had been renting out space in Tennessee‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúsure the fine folks at Alabama would not want us singing ‚ÄėRocky Top‚Äô in their admissions office,‚ÄĚ adding that they wanted the center to be about Tennessee‚Äôs traditions. But the Alabama group‚Äôs leader said ‚Äúsomebody has lost perspective of college sports and the rivalry and all that,‚ÄĚ calling the situation ‚Äújust unfortunate.‚ÄĚ