Statement from Ray Tanner regarding fan behavior at Sunday's women's basketball game
COLUMBIA, MO (WACH) -- Tuesday afternoon, Missouri head women's basketball coach Robin Pingeton addressed the rumors that South Carolina Gamecock fans spit at her team during's Sunday's game.
"I was really disappointed with some things that transpired," Pingeton said. "There's no place in our game for that. Fans have to be better all around. Our side, their side. These are daughters.
"There were some things that were really unfortunate that transpired. Not only verbally but some other things you alluded to (spitting). You have two fan bases that are passionate. You've got to clean it up a bit."
This evening, South Carolina Director of Athletics Ray Tanner released a statement regarding the fans behavior at Sunday's game:
The commitment to a secure environment for everyone at our home games, including fans, student-athletes, coaches and staff from the home and visiting teams is of the utmost importance. In anticipation of this rivalry game, the athletics department provided security for the Missouri basketball team, above its standard operating procedure. Upon hearing the accusations regarding our crowd’s behavior towards the Missouri team, the athletics department conducted a review of our operations from the game, including interviews with staff and security personnel. In this review, we received no confirmation of the alleged behavior directed at the visiting team by fans at the game.
Watch part of coach Pingeton's press conference addressing the situation below.