Bama won't let Vols wear orange jerseys

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- Tennessee will be wearing its white road jerseys Saturday against Alabama after the Tide refused to allow Tennessee to wear its home orange on the road.

"Talking with some people in the offseason about the history here, I thought it was something that would be really neat for our fans and their fans, too," Lane Kiffin said after practice. "We were approved by the SEC and Alabama denied us that."

Per NCAA rules, the home team reserves the right to keep the visitor from wearing something other than its white road uniforms. If Tennessee wore orange anyway, the Vols would be assessed a 15-yard penalty at the beginning of the game.

Did Kiffin consider that option?

"No. We're not good enough to do that," Kiffins said. "The last thing we want to do is kick off 15 yards back."

The first-year coach liked the Vols' intensity during the first practice after a bye week, saying his team showed no rust.

"Very pleased with the energy today and the focus," Kiffin said. "The guys came ready today at 2:30 and had a great practice today.

"Probably the best Tuesday practice I remember being around since we've been here."

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2009 at 02:22 PM
    we should make them wear pink next year when they come here. lol
  • by Betty Location: Knoxville on Oct 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    Color of uniform doesn't matter. We are THE TENNERSSEE VOLS" See you Eric.
  • by Eric Location: Ala on Oct 20, 2009 at 09:46 AM
    Sure strap on the orange. We thought we were doing you a favor. Orange is kinda feminine to us. If you like, we could spot you 10 yards every offensive posession. while were at it, we could always forego kickoffs and let you take over on the 50. won't change the outcome tho won't help you tho
  • by Ernest P. Worrell Location: Turtletown on Oct 19, 2009 at 07:29 PM
    Orange pants. White jersey with orange lettering. ORANGE helmet with white power T. The Bama faithful are afraid of the color orange.


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