Tennessee is somehow receiving two “championship” rings for their 2016 season Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 1: Head Coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrates after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

This will go over well in the SEC community.

Tennessee had a 9-4 season in 2016, which was disappointing considering the expectations for the program following a hot start to the season. There performance also became a bit of a joke after head coach Butch Jones famously proclaimed that his players had won the most important championship of all: the championship of life.

Well, now Tennessee has given more fodder for criticism and jokes, whether it be deserved or not. As the Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Friday, Tennessee players will be receiving two rings for their 2016 season: one for the “Battle at Bristol” win over Virginia Tech in Week 2, and another for the Music City Bowl win over Nebraska.

To defend Tennessee, bowl rings have become somewhat common in college football in recent years. And in a vacuum, receiving a ring for a game as unique as the Battle at Bristol isn’t too weird either.

However, Tennessee getting two rings after the up-and-down season they had was certainly fodder for rival fans to tee off with their own set of jokes.

Sorry Tennessee.

[H/T Saturday Down South]

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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