A truck belonging to Alcoa High School’s football coach was vandalized the day before the big game with crosstown rival Maryville.
Gary Rankin, Candlewood Court, Maryville, told Blount County deputies that around 3:40 a.m. Sept. 11 juveniles came to his home and attached pictures to a truck his son drives. Removing the clear tape used damaged the paint.
Rankin said a Maryville High School student he named admitted placing pictures along with the tape on the truck, according to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office report.
Deputies saw multiple places on the driver’s side of the truck where paint was missing.
“Somebody’s going to pay for it,” Rankin said during a brief phone interview Thursday during which he declined to provide details, such as what was on the pictures.
“I don’t think it was maliciously done,” the coach said, but he estimated a new paint job on the 1998 Chevrolet would cost thousands of dollars.
Rankin said a meeting has been scheduled for Monday afternoon with parents.
He added that he didn’t think the damage was intentional.
However, he said, “’I’m not the kind of person who wants kids on my property at 4 in the morning.”
Maryville City Schools Director Mike Winstead called the incident “unfortunate.”
Good playful banter back and forth is good for the rivalry, he said, but school officials don’t want anything to happen that causes damage.
“I hate to hear there was some damage, because that has not been the trend over the past decade,” said Alcoa City Schools Director Brian Bell. “It’s a really good high-spirited rivalry,” he said.