ESPN shows pack of Marlboro cigarettes in Campbell’s baseball dugout


Campbell’s baseball coach Justin Haire was interviewed on SEC Network and ESPN live during his team’s Knoxville NCAA Tournament regional game against the Tennessee Vols on Saturday.

During the interview, the show showed a pack of Marlboro cigarettes in the Campbell dugout. The interview took place at the end of the fifth inning.

If the package contains cigarettes and the cigarettes have been used, it is a violation of University of Tennessee and NCAA policies.

The game was played at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on the University of Tennessee campus. The school has an on-campus smoking policy.

According to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Smoke-Free Campus Policy and Procedure bylaw 4.1, “The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is prohibited in and on all University property.”

The NCAA website states, “NCAA rules prohibit any player, coach, or referee from using tobacco products during practices or games. Anyone who violates the rule is ejected from the diamond.” This was posted on the NCAA website on April 19, 2016.

Campbell entered the game 41-17 on aggregate. On Friday, Campbell defeated Georgia Tech 15-8 in the first round of the NCAA Regional Knoxville Tournament.

Tennessee entered the contest 54-7. Most recently, Tennessee beat Alabama State 10-0 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s more baseball news from Tennessee and Campbell:

Officials chat on the field during the NCAA Knoxville Regional baseball tournament between the Tennessee Volunteers and Campbell Fighting Camels held at Lindsey Nelson Stadium on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

The winner of Tennessee and Campbell advances to the Knoxville Regional Finals at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 5. The loser returns to action against the winner of Georgia Tech against Alabama State at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Erik Hall is the Senior Digital Sports Producer with USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.


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