Fan chant upsets Vol AD

A profane chant that emanated from the University of Tennessee student section and carried over among other fans during Saturday night's Alabama game drew the ire of Tennessee men's athletic director Mike Hamilton, who promised to take action.

That was an absolute embarrassment,'' Hamilton told ``I think it (games) are about sportsmanship and respect for your opponent, and we're above that. Surely we're more sophisticated with our vocabulary than to use that kind of language.''

After Alabama scored in the third quarter to take a 13-6 lead, Tennessee's LaMarcus Coker was injured on a kickoff return. Crimson Tide fans, still exciting about the previous score, continued to cheer while Coker lay on the ground.

Apparently, Tennessee fans were upset that Tide fans didn't hush and show more concern for the fallen Coker. But that doesn't justify chanting ``(expletive) Bama.''

Hamilton said he has written a letter to the editor to the school newspaper, The Daily Beacon, directed at students regarding behavior. Hamilton also said he will send out a mass email to UT fans encouraging proper behavior.


Tennessee receivers coach Trooper Taylor second guessed himself for allowing receiver Jayson Swain to play against Alabama.

Taylor said he made the decision to allow Swain to play with his ``heart'' and not his head. Taylor was upset that Swain re-aggravated a high-ankle sprain suffered against Georgia more than two weeks ago.

Swain is not expected to practice this week and might not play against South Carolina this Saturday night.

Swain, who is from Huntsville, Ala., was almost in tears as he pleaded with Taylor to let him play against the Tide.

``I'd rather say whoa than sic ‘em,'' Taylor said of Swain's attitude.

Still, Taylor felt it was a mistake to play Swain as many snaps as he did against Alabama. If Swain can't play this weekend, Tennessee will turn to Lucas Taylor, Josh Briscoe and Quinton Hancock to get more snaps at wideout.

Also, with starting tailback LaMarcus Coker out for three to six weeks with a sprained knee, the Vols will turn to Marsalous Johnson, Jonathan Wade, Taylor and Hancock to return kicks, Taylor said.


Former Tennessee defensive Charles Davis, who is a color commentator for TBS college football games, said he warned Cal coach Jeff Tedford about the perils of playing UT in Neyland Stadium.

Davis, who does Pac-10 and Big 12 games, told Tedford that the Vols were upset about going 5-6 and that fans and players would be in a frenzy, Davis told the Knoxville Quarterback Club on Monday.

After UT routed Cal, Tedford told Davis: ``We had no idea.''

Davis said any time UT beats Bama, it's special and he pointed out that he was 4-1 against Alabama during his UT career (1982-86).

EXTRA POINTS: Taylor said the fullbacks played only about 10-12 snaps against Alabama, with many coming in goal-line situations. … Arian Foster got more carries than Coker because the Vols felt they would have to run between the tackles against Alabama and Foster is the stronger back, Taylor said. … The Vols didn't run much because Alabama put eight men in the box and UT didn't throw effectively to force Bama to cover the passing game. … The UT-LSU game will be on CBS at 3:30, marking the fourth road game that LSU will play on CBS. The others: Florida, Auburn and Arkansas on Nov. 24. … South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is 10-5 all-time against Tennessee: 8-4 at Florida, 1-1 at Duke, 1-0 at USC. … Phillip Fulmer is 3-8 against Spurrier. … The ESPN GameDay crew will be in Columbia for the UT-USC game, the fourth trip to Williams-Brice Stadium for Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler and Lee Corso. … Taylor said he thought the Vols were ``maybe a little overconfident'' and had read their press clippings before playing Alabama.

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