Vols Moving Past Bad Calls and Bad Decisions in Loss to Top Ranked Alabama


Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt spent a lot of time barking at the refs last Saturday. There were more than a few questionable calls against the Vols.
Said Pruitt:”To start with on the officiating okay. I’ll be the first to tell you that I fully support Steve Shaw and everything that goes about the SEC with our officials. It’s a tough job. Now there’s probably three or four other things that happened in that game all right that I don’t agree with okay. There’s nothing that Steve could tell me or anybody else could tell me that I would agree with what happened in the game. The call on Darrell Taylor was absolutely not a penalty. It’s not a penalty. Okay.”
Quarterback Brian Maurer got knocked out of the game for a second straight week with a concussion. If he can’t go against South Carolina, will Jarrett Guarantano be the starter? Pruitt was highly disappointed when Guarantano went rogue and tried to jump the pile on fourth and goal at the one. He fumbled, and Bama returned it for a touchdown.
Said Pruitt:”It’s pretty obvious what happened. It’s over with, and we’ve moved on. Jarrett’s a guy that I’ve said many times before that I believe in. But I do think that he needs to be more consistent with the right intangibles, so he can play at a higher level. He knows that. We talked yesterday.”
Playing Alabama tough is great, but it was still a loss.
Said defensive back Nigel Warrior:”This was a tough fought game. I’m pretty sure a lot of people did not expect us to come out and play like we played. But I think in my heart, I think we gave them a run for their money. I think we were supposed to come out on top.”
Said Pruitt:”But we’ve got to find a way to execute and win in the end.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.