In case you didn’t follow Tennessee’s game against Middle Tennessee last Saturday – and, let’s be honest, who did? – you may not be aware of the dicey situation Dooley faced with his kickers (h/t Graham Watson).
… The game ball went to Derrick Brodus. [Michael] Palardy was hurt. He hurt himself Thursday after practice, but we thought he could be fine. He couldn’t go. [Chip] Rhome went out there before the game and pulls a muscle so we didn’t have a kicker so we had to make a call to the frat house. This is no lie. We called the frat house and had a policeman go get him and he goes out there, suits up and nails three PATs and afield goal. He got the game ball. I was proud of him. Great story. I’m going to write a book one day about the things that happened to me over the years. I had to find a kicker out of a frat. I didn’t know what we were going to do. Just when I think it has all happened to me, we are going out to pregame without a kicker.”
Hmm… frat house. What does Dooley think redshirt freshmen kids do with their time at the frat on a Saturday during football season?
“He [Rhome] went out there like the kickers do before pregame and they all come back in a panic. I said `let’s get an APB out on Brodus.’ It’s a good thing he wasn’t having too much fun on a Saturday afternoon. I told the coaches, `Hey — an intoxicated Brodus is better than nobody. Get him. Just get him here. Give him a breathalyzer.’ Fortunately he didn’t do anything bad.”
If Brodus had been drinking, do you think Knoxville’s finest would have waited to cite him until after the game?