After the 1963 Tennessee-Georgia Tech football game at Neyland Stadium, former Vols Bob Woodruff and Bobby Dodd dueled it out in the press. Tech won 23-7, highlighted when a Tech receiver did not come back to the huddle and assumed a position as a wide receiver, a “lonesome end formation,” if you will. The ball was snapped, and the receiver was wide open for a touchdown.
The play set off a firestorm of protest, with Tennessee partisans saying the wideout “hid out,” in a formation that Bob deemed unethical, if not illegal. That’s what Tom Siler said in “Tennessee’s Dazzling Decade: 1960-1970.”
Woodruff complained to the media. Dodd had an immediate retort, describing his former assistant as the “worst public relations director in the United States.” Whether or not that was true is beside the point (and it might have been). that was the way they talked in those days.
There was no indication an apology was forthcoming from either side. That, incidentally, was the last time Georgia Tech came to Knoxville as a member of the SEC, as the Engineers left the conference in 1964.
What does all this prove?
Not a lot, except that those Tennessee people could really get after each other if the situation demanded it.
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016