Herb Hand lets Butch Jones know about hateful tweets
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday May 20, 2013
Posted by: Chris Vannini on May 20, 2013
For all the good that Twitter can create between fans and coaches and players, there unfortunately is plenty of bad.
Vanderbilt offensive line / run game coordinator Herb Hand isn't taking it.
On Monday, Hand received some hateful and disgusting tweets from a Tennessee fan about his wife.
Hand replied by saying, "You are welcome to come to my office so we can discuss this face to face...I fully welcome the opportunity. Feel free to come by anytime so we can talk about this in person like men."
He also texted the awful remarks to Butch Jones and tweeted a picture of it.
"Here is what one of your fans sent me on Twitter today about Deb. Just thought you'd like to know," Hand wrote. "If any of our fans were to say something like this about Barb, please let me know so I can personally whip their ass."
Hand was the tight ends coach at West Virginia from 2001-06, and Jones was the wide receivers coach there for the final two years, so the two coaches and their families are close.
Football is just a game, even in a rivalry. It's unfortunate that some people go way over the line about it. Good for Hand for calling out that trash.
(Note: Graphic language ahead)
Update: Coach Hand released another statement on the issue.
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