The Alabama Crimson Tide annihilated the upset-minded Tennessee Volunteers, 45-10, and then commenced to enjoy one of the best traditions the program has.
Every time the team beats the Vols, its players light up cigars – and commit an NCAA violation in the process. The school hands out the cigars to the players after the game, which is technically an extra benefit that Bama doesn’t mind self-reporting.
The tradition started in the 1950s when Jim Goostree, the head trainer for Alabama, handed them out to players after beating Tennessee. The Vols smoked them as well, after victories, but both sides kept it a secret until 2005. It was at that point that the Tide voluntarily reported the small violation.
However, coach Nick Saban doesn’t smoke – and he isn’t making any exceptions after the win.
“I know it’s something that a lot of people really enjoy,” he said. “It’s not a tradition I started. It’s a tradition that was here that the players have continued. I think it’s something they have fun with. I’m happy that they do. Not really something that I’m interested in.”
Check out a series of photos of the players enjoying their stogies, both on the field and in the locker room.