By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
A handwritten note that threatens damage to the trees in and around the Grove has been turned over to the FBI to investigate.
The note was received late Tuesday night on campus. Ole Miss Police Chief Calvin Sellers was the one that turned over the note to the FBI, according to a release from the university. Sellers, and other members of the police administration, were unavailable for any additional comment since campus closed at 1 Wednesday afternoon.
Here is what the note said, according to the release:
“What’s going to happen to ya’ll on the field Saturday Aint nothing compared to what’s going to happen on your beautiful campus. You won’t be one of the most pretty campus’s Next year. A lot of shrubs and trees are going to die; especially in the grove. Can’t stop us” (signed) “Hail State Go to Hell TSUN.”
Law enforcement authorities are taking the threat seriously and are encouraging fans to report suspicious behavior, Sellers said in the release. In addition, he said, law enforcement resources have been added to address fan safety inside and outside the stadium.
“This longtime football rivalry has separated families and friends for generations, but while it’s spirited, our attention has been focused mostly on the football field,” Sellers said. “We encourage everyone to remember that this is a game, after all, not a time for hate. We are hopeful that passions have not escalated to the point that someone is prepared to do damage to a landmark for which all Mississippians take great pride.”
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was the one who coined the term TSUN, or The School Up North, to refer to Ole Miss.
This is not the first time that an intense SEC rivalry has brought out the worst in a fan or fan base. Alabama fan Harvey Updyke was sentenced to poisoning the oaks around Toomer’s Corner following the 2010 Iron Bowl.