During Saturday’s broadcast of ESPN College Gameday, Kirk Herbstreit said Tennessee defensive back Rashaan Gaulden should have been kicked off the team for making obscene gesture in last week’s loss to Alabama and chastised head coach Butch Jones for instead putting him back in the game after the incident.
“He does that and you’re thinking with everything that’s been going on at Tennessee, that guy probably will never play again. Next series the defense is on the field, No. 7 is back in the lineup playing.
“He should have taken his uniform off, sent him upstairs and said, ‘Go get a popcorn. You’re no longer on the football team.’ And sent a message to the whole team.”
Gaulden ran behind Tennessee linebacker Daniel Bituli during a 97-yard pick six and threw up double middle fingers to the Alabama fans seated behind the end zone.
While it may not be the classiest celebration ever, it doesn’t justify being kicked off the team, especially given how depleted the Vols are this season.
With Butch Jones coaching for his job, it’s unlikely that he would get rid of one of his best defensive players. Then again, it wouldn’t be uncharacteristic of Tennessee’s string of misfortune this season.