KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Derek Dooley turned to a
bit of "old English" to teach the Volunteers a lesson about the smallest details of football.
Dooley said on Thursday he read the Vols the British proverb "For want of a nail," a reference to Richard III's demise in 1485 because of problems caused by his horse missing a horseshoe nail during a battle. The scene is illustrated in Shakespeare's Richard III.
Dooley says his point was that a small error in their technique could lead to major problems like an offensive turnover or a touchdown given up by the defense. Dooley says the players were very engaged by his reference.
He joked that the players "trying to read old English and me trying
to understand what they're saying, it's about the same."