So, something interesting seems to be happening in the fallout of subpoenagate. Vol nation is becoming united behind the Big Papa. Infighting had become a daily occurrence within the ranks of Tennessee fans with a vocal minority (IMO) calling for Fulmer’s head and blaming him for everything that hasn’t gone right with the program. Nevermind that the only reason there are top 10 recruiting classes with the likes of players like Eric Berry, Deon Grant, Peyton Manning, Al Wilson, Travis Henry, Jamal Lewis, John Henderson, Albert Haynesworth, et al, is because of Fulmer himself. Watch and see what happens with LSU once they start bringing in Oklahoma State caliber players as Les Miles is no doubt doing at the moment.
Perhaps another thing that has caught some people off guard is the fact that Fulmer became so fired up about the “BS” that is facing him down in Bammerville. If you didn’t think before that the Papa had it in him to get fired up and even cuss, you’ve obviously never heard an accidental open mic trained on the coach during a football game. It’s enough to make a sailor blush. That being said, you don’t piss off a big orange man. A BIG big orange man at that. I’m not envious of Alabama this year when they come to Knoxville. I’d imagine there’ll be some bus-rocking and a few choice words slung at the players.
If you’re the kind of person to believe in conspiracies, perhaps this was one of the greatest conspiracies orchestrated in the history of college football fan manipulation. Who knows, maybe the Bammer booster who paid off the high school kid is really a Tennessee boy, and this whole deal has been a charade to make the fans realign behind the head coach. If so, bravo. If not, it doesn’t matter anyway, because mission: accomplished.
Seriously, don’t piss off the Papa.
Edit: Just as an aside, we’d like to go ahead and say that as far as we can tell, the University nor it’s current boosters have anything to do with this particular lawsuit. It appears that it is just one disgruntled former Alabama booster (a car salesman from Chattanooga no less), trying his best to get his 14 minutes of fame. We’ll see how it plays out, but as far as the University of Alabama, I’d venture to say they’d try to distance themselves from this particular incident.
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