Vols do damage control
Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 9:02 pm
NASHVILLE (AP) — The reputation for Tennessee football has been ugly since a bar brawl two weeks ago, and the Volunteers are on the road, trying to fix that perception.
Two weeks after several Vols were involved in the fight near the campus in Knoxville, coach Derek Dooley and several of his players talked to reporters before a University of Tennessee Alumni Association picnic. The Vols knew this was just a dress rehearsal for questions bound to come their way today as the Southeastern Conference wraps up media days in Hoover, Ala.
“It is something that we are going to have to address, we can’t run from it,” defensive end Chris Walker said. “We’ve embarrassed a bunch of people. If we win games people won’t talk about it as much, but we also have to do things off the field to show people we’re not these thugs that they see on TV.”
The incident involved at least six players and resulted in the dismissal of defensive back Darren Myles Jr. and suspension of linebacker Greg King and lineman Marlon Walls.
“We were embarrassed by it,” Dooley said. “But I think an incident like that, you have to learn from it, move on, never forget it and let it always be a reminder of what we represent and the institution we represent and how much harm we can bring. That’s the best way we know how to approach it and that’s how we’ve done it with our team.”
Published in The Messenger 7.23.10