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UT official: Game day tradition under attack

(WMC-TV) - A local university's band is warning students and alumni that a game day tradition is under threat.

According to the University of Tennessee's Pride of the Southland, the band is being mistreated by the athletics department.

Band director, Gary Sousa, accused administrators of canceling the band's trips to games and reducing the number of traveling members.

Sousa also announced, since the SEC has voted pre-recorded music can be played, both the SEC and UT have reduced the band's performing time.

"For next year, the SEC has voted that they can basically play this music, this pre-recorded canned music, all the time during the game. If that's true, then the band won't play a note," stated Sousa.

The university is denying these claims. Among the allegations, UT officials contested with the statement that the official fight song will no longer be played.

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