Florida DB Chauncey Gardner took exception to a Tennessee fan’s prank.
Florida hosts Tennessee this weekend for its annual matchup, and the rivalry is as heated as its ever been, especially with the way the Vols stormed back from a 21-0 deficit to win last year.
It’s safe to say everyone has been looking forward to a rematch—especially the fans—and earlier this week the Hate Week festivities got underway when a Vols fan planted a flag on the Steve Spurrier statue outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Check it out:
— Vols Ego (2-0) (@VolsEgo) September 10, 2017
Naturally, it made the rounds on social media, and Florida defensive back Chauncey Gardner must have gotten a good look at it, because he didn’t like it too much. He told reporters the whole charade was “disrespectful.”
Chauncey Gardner says the Tennessee fan that put a UT flag on Steve Spurrier's statue was "disrespectful."
— Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) September 13, 2017
No love lost between the two teams, that’s for sure.
The Gators had an 11-game winning streak versus the Vols until Tennessee won last season.
The matchup kicks off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. and you can catch the game on CBS. Florida is favored by 4.5 points.