Lane Kiffin throws golf ball for first pitch before Tennessee vs. Ole Miss baseball
Lane Kiffin wasn't going to miss his chance to troll Tennessee with his first pitch Friday.
The Ole Miss football coach rolled a baseball toward home plate before throwing a golf ball with his actual first pitch before the first game of a weekend series between Tennessee vs. Ole Miss.
Kiffin was hit in the leg by a golf ball thrown from the stands at Neyland Stadium during Ole Miss' 31-26 win in October. Tennessee fans pelted the field with water bottles, crushed beer cans, vape pens, liquor bottles and other debris in protest of a fourth-quarter call and subsequent review.
“There was a number of bottles with some brown stuff in them, so I’m not sure,” Kiffin said when asked if anything else hit him. “I don’t think it was moonshine. I don’t think they’d waste the moonshine on me.”
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Kiffin, who coached at UT in 2009, carried the golf ball with him after the game, showing it during his postgame on-field interview with ESPN. He had a police escort leaving the field and almost caught a water bottle thrown at him. He tossed his visor into the stands.
Tennessee tight end Jacob Warren was ruled short of a first down on a fourth-and-24 attempt with less than a minute to play. Officials reviewed the play and upheld the ruling on the field, the second significant ruling that maddened the sellout crowd.
Fans responded after the fourth-quarter call with boos and frustration, which boiled into catapulting anything conceivable toward the field after official Marc Curles declared the ruling stood as called.
The game was delayed 18 minutes. Tennessee forced an Ole Miss punt and got the ball back,
This story will be updated.
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