Coming nearly two weeks after University of Georgia players were pelted by Alabama students with plastic cups and glass whiskey bottles after defeating the Crimson Tide in Bryant-Denny Stadium, the University of Alabama yesterday announced a no-tolerance, three-strike policy for such behavior from it’s students.
The loss to Georgia marked the 2nd time in 6 games that Alabama fans have attempted to injure players from opposing teams by hurling debris. Auburn players were likewise assaulted at the conclusion of the 2006 Iron Bowl, which sealed Auburn’s 5th victory in a row against the arch-rival Crimson Tide.
The rules against such behavior are not new, according to a University spokesman, just the rule enforcing the rules. Breaking the (original) rules can now result in sanctions as severe as revoking a student’s ticket privileges for sporting events for the duration of his or her academic career. First offenders will also be required to attend a “Capstone Character” class; the class is likely to revolve around lessons from the lives of former and current Alabama head coaches, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Nick Saban. I’m sure passing the class will have something to do with completing 12 championship steps.
Best to still bring your umbrellas, Houston…