Tennessee running back John Kelly (4) runs for yardage as he's defended by Southern Mississippi linebacker Jeremy Sangster (26) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Tennessee’s four-game losing streak didn’t result in an empty Neyland Stadium.
The “EmptyNeyland” hashtag circulated on Twitter this week among disgruntled fans angry that Tennessee hasn’t made a coaching change. The idea was to stay home to make a statement that Tennessee needs to fire coach Butch Jones.
But the announced attendance of 95,551 wasn’t even Tennessee’s lowest of the season. Tennessee had an announced attendance of 95,324 for a 17-13 victory over Massachusetts on Sept. 23.
While announced attendance figures often can be misleading, a look at the stands sowed a pretty nice turnout, though the student sections were far less full than usual.
— Steve Megargee (@stevemegargee) November 4, 2017