The Tennessee Vols have been the victims of some not-so-great officiating in recent weeks.
Tennessee was on the wrong side of two controversial fumble calls in back-to-back weeks against Ole Miss and Alabama.
The non-fumble against Ole Miss was particularly egregious.
Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral fumbled after being hit by a UT defender. The fumble was returned for a touchdown by the Vols, but the referees, who didn’t stop the play, got together and ruled that Corral’s “forward progress” was stopped before the fumble.
Just doesn’t add up pic.twitter.com/nXdWymvRP5
— zach ragan (@zachTNT) October 18, 2021
That call quite possibly cost Tennessee the win against Ole Miss (the Vols lost 31-26).
On Monday, during an appearance at the Knoxville Quarterback Club, Vols baseball coach Tony Vitello cracked a joke about the questionable officiating during the Ole Miss game.
Check it out below (via WATE’s Tim Owens):
— Tim Owens (@TimOwensTV) October 25, 2021
That wasn’t the only joke that Vitello had for the crowd. He also joked about how Rick Barnes is such a genuinely good human being that he’s uncomfortable being around him.
#Vols baseball coach Tony Vitello going to bat for Rick Barnes today
— Tim Owens (@TimOwensTV) October 26, 2021
Vitello is a fan favorite for a reason on Rocky Top. Vol fans should revel in the fact that Tennessee extended him this past summer through the 2026 season.
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