Social Media Tees Off on Tennessee After Super Regional Elimination

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From the moment the final Knoxville Super Regional game ended, most people with a vendetta against the Tennessee baseball team or its fans this season made it known on social media.

Tennessee lost to Notre Dame in a best-of-three series this weekend in Knoxville, ending their chances at a College World Series berth. Despite the disappointing end to the season, the Vols still had a historic season, amounting to 57 total wins, an SEC regular-season championship, and an SEC Tournament championship.

Tennessee, arguably college baseball’s most documented team this season, has been dominating the conversation around college baseball with their in-your-face attitude and style of play on the field. Attitude and style that doesn’t come from arrogance and egotism, but instead come from passion. For people that aren’t directly connected with Tennessee, or are fans of another team, this has stirred up anger and frustration.

While people outside of Knoxville will throw out the theory of how bad Tennessee is for the sport of baseball, the city of Knoxville would disagree. Tennessee’s baseball team gave new life to the city and its fans this spring and has inspired a new generation of fans and future players.

Below are some of the most notable social media reactions, for better and for worse, after Tennessee’s season-ending loss to Notre Dame on Sunday.

*Some posts below contain strong language*

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Barstool Sports’ Ben Mintz

“From their coach, to their players, to their fanbase, the way the Tennessee Volunteers behaved this year, all the way down the line, sports karma is a real thing,” Mintz said. “Because no one deserves this pain more. There is no joy in Knoxville tonight.”

Ole Miss HC Lane Kiffin

ESPN Baton Rouge Radio Host Matt Moscona

CBS Sports’ Danny Kanell

Arkansas Rivals’ Jackson Collier

Former MLB First-Round Draft Pick & Rice Alumni Wade Townsend (NSFW Language Warning)

Despite more tweets filled with vitriol towards the Tennessee team, there were also plenty of positive and supportive reactions from the social media world as well.

Here are a few:

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Tennessee PG Zakai Zeigler

College Baseball Expert Stephen Schoch

College Baseball reporter Steven Godfrey

Tennessee center Uroš Plavšić

Blue Jays pitcher and VFL Chad Dallas

Tennessee guard/forward Josiah-Jordan James

Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.