“A Lost Weekend?”

There are times that nothing seems to go right on a football weekend.

Such was the case Nov. 14-15, 1969, when things seemed to really come apart.

On Friday, the Vol freshman team lost to Alabama by a 35-0 count. Several of the varsity players, killing time before the team plane left for Jackson and the next day’s game with Ole Miss, were seen at the game looking very confident as befits a team that was 7-0 and No. 3 in the nation.

That confidence was shaken the next day, when No. 18 Ole Miss laid a 38-0 haymaker on the Vols. It was 21-0 at the first quarter break, and the Rebels never looked back.

The Vols limped down the stretch, defeating Kentucky 31-26 and Vanderbilt 40-27 and losing to Florida 14-13 in the Gator Bowl. The Vols did win the SEC title, but that was little consolation. Many Vol fans put a large asterisk (*) by that year, given how things turned out.

By any definition, the weekend of Nov. 14-15 was nothing to write home about and was one of the darkest in Tennessee football history.

For sure.

Sunday, May 14, 2017