published Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Baylor's stadium vandalized in Chattanooga

The Baylor scoreboard, with a blue "McCallie" painted across.
The Baylor scoreboard, with a blue "McCallie" painted across.
Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Vandals used blue spraypaint to deface a part of Heywood Stadium at Baylor School where Friday night's sold-out matchup between the Red Raiders and McCallie School Blue Tornado was played.

"We found out about it this morning. This is terrible, an act by an overzealous student or students," McCallie School spokesman Billy Faires said Friday. Administrators are trying to determine who was behind the vandalism. "There will be serious consequences," Faires said.

"This kind of idiocy just hurts the school," he added.

Baylor School officials confirmed that a part of the stadium's scoreboard -- a sign bearing the Coca-Cola logo -- was painted with the word "McCallie." That sign was easily removed but will have to be replaced.

In addition, blue "X's" were painted over the word "Baylor" at the far end of the track.

The rivalry between the prep schools is legendary. In recent years, administrators from both schools have encouraged students to demonstrate leadership and sportsmanship in the days leading up to the game.

Both schools are hosting alumni reunion events this weekend.

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