Just days after Tennessee was ambushed in Knoxville by mighty Alabama, Vols defensive coordinator Bob Shoop provided some humor at a Knoxville QB Club meeting. The target? The officials that called the 49-10 Alabama-Tennessee game on Saturday.
“I hear they honor officials of the week in Alabama, too,” Shoop joked. “They were the guys that called our game on Saturday.”
Tennessee was called for just one penalty in the game, for 10 yards. Alabama was flagged five times for 38 yards.
“We’re disappointed, but we’re not discouraged,” Shoop also said in reaction to Tennessee’s sudden two-game losing streak. Tennessee lost the week prior at Texas A&M.
At 2-2 in SEC play, the Vols now trail rival Florida, with the Gators standing at 3-1 in conference play. The lone Florida loss, of course, came against Tennessee, which means the Vols own a head-to-head tiebreaker that could end up determining who wins the SEC East and makes the trip to Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship Game, likely to meet Alabama (Alabama faces Texas A&M this week for first-place in the SEC West).