“Knoxville North”

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As Brent “drunk”berger coined in the latter part of the 3rd quarter. Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY has become “Knoxville North”. What led to this was the mass exodus of over 40,000 fans who filed out of the stadium because of how badly Tennessee was beating the Kentucky Wildcats. A year which Wildcat fans were salivating for a chance to play the Vols and believed they would actually have a shot at winning the game.

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Early in the game, the Vols and especially Josh Dobbs got a case of the fumbles which put the Wildcats ahead early and coupled with Dobbs’ inability to get a passing game going provided some early frustration for Vol fans. A tightly fought game for the first half began to have Vol fans questioning if we would be able to finish this one and hopefully hang onto the belief that we could win out with our remaining schedule.

With the Tennessee Volunteer Defense playing lights out football, Kentucky was unable to get anything going offensively and most of their scores were from mistaken turnovers by Dobbs and Tennessee. The Vols finished out the first half rebounding to a 24-14 lead over the Wildcats.

The Vols had put together a pretty good Defensive and Offensive strategy against the wildcats which was unexpected given offensive ineptitude throughout the season for the Vols. Josh Dobbs began to sharpen in his Quarterback position in the second quarter and continued it into the second half of the ballgame as Tennessee out scored Kentucky 28-7 just in the 3rd quarter alone. The 4th quarter was a stalemate with neither team scoring and Tennessee holding to a blowout victory of Kentucky 52-21. For more history of the Tennessee vs Kentucky rivalry, you can get more information here.

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The Vols Defensive line again dominated and raised havoc on the Kentucky offensive to the extreme that Barnett faced close to 2 dozen holding calls that were ignored by the referees in this game. But one call in particular has Big Orange Country reeling. On a quick pass to Kentucky wide receiver Garrett Johnson by Quarterback Patrick Towles, Johnson was laid out in an epic hit by Tennessee Cornerback Emanuel Moseley. Moseley was immediately flagged for targeting, it was “reviewed” upstairs and he was ejected from the game and now forced to miss the first half of next week’s South Carolina game.

Clearly, everyone who saw the replay of this, including the SEC network commentators Jesse Palmer and Brent “drunk”burger showed that this was a legal hit and that Moseley did not target nor lead with his helmet. Instead this was a clean hit by Moseley using his shoulder into the chest of Johnson. Yes, it was an epic hit!! But the NCAA had better get their shit together with this obviously unqualified referees and the “man in the booth” or the “great and powerful OZ”. Moseley should be reinstated and allowed to play during the entire game of South Carolina.

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College sports boast passionate fans who often disagree with the referees. While bad calls remain part of the game, referees can make other mistakes – such as disregarding rules or disrespecting a player – that should be reported to the NCAA. As the governing body of collegiate sports, the NCAA serves student-athletes and promotes an unbiased and impartial athletic environment. If you believe referees behaved inappropriately you have a few options for filing an official complaint.

Be Prepared
Speak with the coach or another school official following the game to obtain the names of the referees. You should also ask for any specifics regarding the officiating agency involved in the game – most individual sports and conferences provide their own referees. If the referee failed to uphold specific regulations, write down relevant reference numbers from the rule book. You should also note logistical information including the date of the game, the teams involved and the location of the competition.

Be Professional
Take your time crafting your actual complaint and ensure that your tone remains objective and respectful. To contact the NCAA directly, you can use their online form at http://www.ncaa.com/contactus or mail your complaint to the address posted on that website. You can also fax your letter to 317-917-6888 or call the organization at 317-917-6222 – but sending a written complaint and retaining a copy of that complaint is preferable, to keep a paper trail. Make sure you provide your own contact information and request a response in writing.

Now Tennessee focuses their attention on South Carolina, who are now without Steve Spurrier and were able to put 28 on the board against Texas A&M this weekend. Tennessee has owned most of this series with South Carolina 24-10 and 2 ties since 1903 and our last lost coming in 2013 in Butch Jones’ first year at Tennessee.

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