HillBillys, methinks thou doth protest too much. Or perhaps not enough. Regardless, it comes across as sour grapes from not winning the game on the field and reluctantly flexing some administrative muscle instead. (Alabama has won six straight in the series and seven of the last eight. During that span Tennessee has averaged just over 10 points a game to the Tide's four touchdowns.)
My own ignorance about the intricacies and apparent intimacies of the Third Saturday in October notwithstanding, how does something like this even last four decades? Started off innocent enough, but Fulmer once skipped SEC Media Days to avoid getting served a subpoena by some Alabama lawyers for God's sake. The hate is there and I just assumed it had long ago seeped through the entire fanbases.
Come to think of it, Fulmer's quote in 2008 after finally being served said subpoena might work with this "alumni crossing borders" situation too: "This is not the place for that kind of thing. There are great fans that have great passion about the Southeastern Conference that are not interested in that kind of (nonsense). And I would have some other choice words if there weren't so many cameras in here."
Like Momma says, Bless their hearts.