Orange Crushed: A Player, a Coach and a Season at America's Biggest Football School

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This in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the University of Tennessee college football team’s monumental collapse includes all the arrests, losses, and firings that made up the most tumultuous season in school history. A favorite to contend for a spot in the national championship game with a running back hailed as a Heisman Trophy candidate, the Volunteers stumbled to a 5-6 record—their worst mark since 1988. The Heisman hopeful, Gerald Riggs Jr., watched most of his team’s demise from the sideline as the season ...

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Overview

This in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the University of Tennessee college football team’s monumental collapse includes all the arrests, losses, and firings that made up the most tumultuous season in school history. A favorite to contend for a spot in the national championship game with a running back hailed as a Heisman Trophy candidate, the Volunteers stumbled to a 5-6 record—their worst mark since 1988. The Heisman hopeful, Gerald Riggs Jr., watched most of his team’s demise from the sideline as the season he waited three years for crumbled under lackluster rushing performances and a season-ending ankle injury. Even head coach Phillip Fulmer endured heavy doses of criticism from fans clamoring for a coaching change. This unforgettable look at the 2005 season also includes information on what the future may hold for Riggs, Fulmer, and Tennessee football.

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For Tennessee, the 2005 season wasn't just an off year; it was an unmitigated disaster. Even before the season began, Volunteer ranks were decimated by a succession of arrests, suspensions, dismissals, and departures; but loyalists still bantered about a possible No. 3 finish in national polls. Instead, with their injured Heisman front-runner watching from the bench, the team collapsed completely. Darren Epps's Orange Crushed tells the story of a gridiron meltdown.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971897496
  • Publisher: Jefferson Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Darren Epps is an award-winning sports writer for The Chattanooga Times Free Press who has covered University of Tennessee athletics for more than four years. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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