UT fans angry over loosing parking spaces to legislators

UT fans angry over loosing parking spaces to legislators

November 9, 2004

KNOXVILLE (AP) -- Some University of Tennessee football fans are angry after being booted from their parking spaces so state legislators and other VIPs can park free on game days.

The university says people displaced from the 80-vehicle Lot 9A are still among the 10,000 who receive a parking pass on campus and some even have more convenient spaces than before the reshuffling.

But others question the propriety of the arrangement.

Phil Schoggen is former chairman of Common Cause of Tennessee, a government watchdog group.

He says he understands UT has to generate good will somehow.

But he says it's wrong to deprive the public of a parking space in order to curry favor with legislators who could determine the budget of the university.

He'd like to see the practice stopped.

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