Sometimes the truth hurts, and the Vols got a dose of it from Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams on Monday.
Williams was in Shreveport, La., for the Camping World Independence Bowl team announcement party earlier in the week, and he had some comments about Vanderbilt’s in-state rival, Tennessee, after the Commodores pulled off the 45-34 upset in the regular-season finale to take away a likely Sugar Bowl berth from the Vols and send them to the Music City Bowl for a matchup against Nebraska on Dec. 30.
“Tennessee came through Nashville on the way to the Sugar Bowl and we had something waiting on them,” Williams said, according to the Shreveport Times. “Now guess where they are – they’re coming back to Nashville for the Music City Bowl.”
Tennessee fans might be quick to counter that by saying that Vandy, despite the win, ended up in the lowest-tier SEC bowl. Virtually everybody would prefer Nashville, after all, when compared to Shreveport.
But when the Vols lose to their in-state rival for just the fourth time since 1982, they’re going to hear about it. And it looks like Williams couldn’t resist the urge to make that comment while he could.