Dr. Jay Julian well remembers the 1968 Tennessee-Auburn game well, Auburn 28, Tennessee 14, in a game that was considered a mild upset, unless, of course, you were on the Tennessee side.
It had been raining all day, and Alabama and LSU had played there earlier that afternoon. The final straw came when “Doc” was told the band couldn’t perform at halftime. As expected, he was not a happy camper. Asked about it after the game, he said he didn’t understand it.
He said the band didn’t drop or spill anything. The field wasn’t in danger. He could have added that none of his band members wore cleats, but he didn’t.
In those days, there was no “Rocky Top” in the band’s repertoire, so that wasn’t a concern. (That famed song didn’t come along until 1972.)
All of that made as much sense as anything else that happened that day.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014