Tennessee and Vanderbilt are bitter rivals, especially when it comes to basketball. Both Vanderbilt (16-12, 6-9 SEC) and Tennessee (14-13, 6-9 SEC) have been struggling this season, so Vandy’s 73-65 win means bragging rights for them. But Vanderbilt’s Wade Baldwin took his excitement a little too far, and his coach, Kevin Stallings, lost his mind in a way you rarely see. Watch the video, and you can hear a ballistic Stallings yell, “I’m going to f—ing kill you!” Yep. He said that.
Stallings realized he went overboard and told ESPN:
“I handled it completely inappropriately and I apologized to Wade — and I need to apologize to our fans and the Vanderbilt administration. Having said that, and it may seem as though I’m trying to rationalize my behavior, sportsmanship will continue to be a high priority. I did not mean it in the literal sense and I’ve never touched a player in all my years as a coach. That’s not me. I will learn from this and handle this situation differently in the future.”
Baldwin did apologize after the game on Twitter:
But the rest of Twitter was not as nice about the whole exchange: