After a big rivalry game between the UNC and Duke football teams, the celebrations got a little bit excessive for the winning team, if though they were the away team. The UNC Tar Heels beat the Duke Blue Devils 45-20.
According to the Herald-Sun, the UNC football team was quite destructive after their win, spray painting the Victory Bell on Duke’s field as well as the locker room. The damages reportedly totaled to about $10,000.
In spirit of this rivalry every year, the winning school gets to paint the Victory Bell in school colors on the field. However this year, the painting did not stop there. Herald-Sun reported that interior and exterior walls of the locker room were spray painted, in addition to the main stadium and practice field.
UNC head coach Larry Fedora and athletic director Bubba Cunningham released the following statement regarding their team’s behavior:
“We would like to apologize to the Duke Football program and Duke University for some inappropriate actions after last Thursday night’s game in Durham. Our team took the celebrations too far when they were painting the bell, resulting in damage to some of the facilities at Duke. We take full responsibility for our actions and will be paying for all costs associated with the cleanup. We view this as a rivalry built on mutual respect and we expect our players to behave better in a way that is more befitting of the rivalry.”