Tennessee Vols head coach Josh Heupel appeared to throw some shade at Ole Miss on Thursday without ever actually mentioning the Rebels.
Heupel was asked by reporters about different ways to speed up the game. The reporter that asked Heupel the question mentioned a rule proposal that would start the clock after incompletions (kind of like how the clock stops and then re-starts after a first down).
Tennessee’s head coach didn’t seem to care one way or the other about the incompletion rule. But he did have a suggestion for a way to speed up the game.
“I’d start with fake cramps and trying to rule that out of the game,” said Heupel. “I think if you’re injured during the course of a drive, player safety would say we need to take some time and make sure to truly evaluate this guy and probably keep him off the field for that drive.”
Heupel didn’t specifically mention Ole Miss, but this comment feels like it was directed right at the Rebels.
Ole Miss players were constantly on the ground during their matchup against the Vols last season. While there’s no way to know if the cramps were legitimate or not, there’s no denying that it slowed down Tennessee’s up-tempo offense. Fake or not, the constant injuries impacted the game.
The rule suggestion that Heupel made would be the best way to handle those injuries/cramps. Take the player out for the rest of the drive, or charge the team a timeout. It’s really pretty simple.
Heupel hasn’t been shy about his displeasure about the cramps stopping Tennessee’s tempo. He even suggested on Thursday (jokingly of course), that he wishes he would’ve had a golf ball to throw on the field in protest of the Vols’ loss to Ole Miss (because of bad calls and cramps).
Lane Kiffin signed mustard bottles at SEC Media Days this week.— Madison Hock (@MadisonHock) July 21, 2022
Heupel's response is gold. "I didn't sign any mustard bottles or golf balls… maybe wish I would have had a golf ball that night. You know what I mean? I am only kidding." Lol #Vols pic.twitter.com/fSqPn1XNev
After that comment (even though it was a joke), I don’t think there’s any doubt that Heupel and Tennessee are a perfect match for each other.
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