We’re still over an hour away from kickoff, and tempers are already flaring.
According to KSR intern Hayden Hooper, the Kentucky and Virginia Tech players needed to be separated on the field during pregame warmups.
Take a look:
Kentucky and Virginia Tech needed to be separated over an hour before kickoff… https://t.co/J94DdZZpKG
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) December 31, 2019
According to Dick Gabriel of Big Blue Insider, one Virginia Tech player threw a punch at Lynn Bowden during the scuffle.
Can confirm in pre-Belk Bowl dust up, at least one punch thrown at Lynn Bowden. No idea about the verbal exchange that may have led to it. Can’t wait for the midfield meeting for the coin toss. Because football!
— Big Blue Insider (@bigblueinsider1) December 31, 2019
Gabriel then wrote that a Virginia Tech player threw a punch at a Kentucky assistant coach, as well.
“Eyewitness tells me a Tech player threw a roundhouse punch at a Ky assistant coach but missed,” Gabriel wrote. “Was pulled away by a Tech assistant.”
Here is some of the post-scuffle aftermath with the players being escorted off the field…
— michaelniziolek (@michaelniziolek) December 31, 2019
You can also file “putting the team locker rooms 20 feet apart” in the bad idea category…
Having these two teams this close together doesn’t seem smart. I was told that they were already into it big time in pre game. ? pic.twitter.com/5XHxdwAg8U
— Big Blue Drew (@BigBlueDrew33) December 31, 2019
Coming off the field, Lynn Bowden Jr. greeted fans, but did not look happy as he walked into the tunnel:
One more game pic.twitter.com/FfX5g71PWH
— Charlie Walter (@CharlieWalterTV) December 31, 2019
Returning to the field, Bowden needed a police escort…
— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) December 31, 2019
ESPN just showed this video of the fight on First Take:
ESPN’s video of the Kentucky/Virginia Tech scuffle featuring Lynn Bowden pic.twitter.com/xgxOp8YLYo
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) December 31, 2019
It’s going to be chippy, folks.