KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin says his
team wanted to wear orange jerseys on the road against Alabama, but
the Crimson Tide denied their request.
Under a new NCAA rule for 2009, both teams may wear their
colored home jerseys if the home team and the home team's
Kiffin says the Southeastern Conference approved the Volunteers'
request to wear their orange jerseys on the road and that no reason
was given by Alabama for denying the request.
The request was made after coaches talked with people during the
offseason about the history of the game, and Kiffin says he thought
it would be a neat experience for fans of both teams.
He also says he's not willing for his team to take a 15-yard
penalty in the opening kickoff to go against the Tide's wishes.