In the midst of the Tennessee Vols’ 43-14 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday night at Neyland Stadium, there was a bit of a sideline scuffle between some players and offensive line coach Will Friend.
When things aren’t going great for a program, these sort of situations tend to get blown out of proportion.
But sideline confrontations absolutely aren’t a big deal.
It’s football. It’s an intense, emotional sport. It happens. Especially when frustration mounts because of losses.
The Athletic’s David Ubben reported on Monday that the scuffle involved Will Friend and multiple offensive linemen. According to Ubben, senior wide receiver Jauan Jennings broke up the confrontation and it was over as soon as it started (and didn’t carry over to the locker room, per Ubben).
Again, these things happen with football teams all the time.
In fact, it happened on Sunday night during the matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts.
Tight end Travis Kelce angrily shoved offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy on the sidelines and had to be restrained by a teammate. A few moments later, however, Kelce offered Bieniemy a hug and the confrontation was over.
— TPS (@TPS_Youtube) October 7, 2019
If something like this happens with one of the best teams in the NFL, then it’s understandable that it happens with a college team, full of young players, that’s facing a 1-4 record.
No harm, no foul. Just some football players playing with passion.
Pruitt was asked about the sideline confrontation on Monday and he said it didn’t involved Friend. Pruitt also mentioned that he was “fired up” (in a good way) after he heard about the incident.
Pruitt says he didn’t see the skirmish on the sideline, but says it did NOT involve Will Friend. Involved some players and he was happy to see players with some fight and want to do things the right way.
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) October 7, 2019
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