Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones decided to refer to the Alabama Crimson Tide as “the red team” for the week preceding their game last Saturday. The Crimson Tide stomped the Volunteers to the tune of 45-10, and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron let it be known this week that he and some other ‘Bama players didn’t take kindly to Jones not referring to them by the correct name:
I never really say anything about the other team, but I kinda took this personal. I felt disrespected. To say we don’t deserve the respect of calling us Alabama and calling us ‘red team’ and for their head coach to come out and say they can play against anybody.
I don’t think we’re just anybody. We won two national championships in a row and we’re undefeated right now. So we’re not just anybody (AL.com).
Tennessee’s Jones defended his comments later on, saying that referring to the Crimson Tide as merely “the red team” was a sign of respect.