The next step of the Tennessee/Florida rivalry is here.
On Sunday afternoon, after the No. 1 ranked Tennessee Vols swept Florida on the diamond in Gainesville, the Tennessee players decided to have some fun with the Gators’ equipment room. After the contest was held, Tennessee veteran catcher Evan Russell shared a video on Instagram of a few of the players donning the Florida Gators’ football helmets.
Tennessee Baseball is decked out in Florida Football helmets after sweeping the Gators in Gainesville. Photo via Evan Russell on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/JaDnHqvOHE
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) April 24, 2022
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To the victors go the spoils. Vols bussed to The Swamp to shower before their charter back to Knoxville pic.twitter.com/RzLa01pvSz
— Nick de la Torre (@delatorre) April 24, 2022
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As On3 Florida Gators Senior Writer Nick de la Torre revealed on Twitter, the Tennessee baseball team was bussed to Florida’s football facilities to shower following the contest. That isn’t too uncommon of a practice around the nation considering the smaller size and resources that a baseball stadium possesses.
Tennessee entered the weekend in Gainesville facing controversy but held together like the top-ranked team in the country should. Vols head coach Tony Vitello was suspended for the first two games of the series, but Tennessee was still able to lock down two solid wins during that time.
The Vols won the game on Friday night by a score of 8-2 before taking the Saturday night game by a score of 3-0. Florida gave Tennessee all they could handle on Sunday afternoon, but the Vols were resilient. Tennessee was able to tie the game in the top of the ninth inning, which led to an 11-inning win (6-4) to take home the series sweep against the rival opponent.
After the picture of the Tennessee players in the Florida helmets hit Twitter, the internet went wild reacting to the situation. Some were all for the act, some were completely against it, and others paid no attention to it. What do you think? Is the Tennessee baseball team writing an order for Josh Heupel and the football team to fill this fall? Is it just an act in good spirit in the name of a rivalry? Drop a comment below!