Maybe it was just a bit of football gravity.
Tennessee was seemingly on such a high over the last couple of weeks, it was bound to get grounded eventually.
New coach Derek Dooley surely would have preferred the recent positive run for the Vols to not end quite so dramatically, and he definitely wasn't thrilled it did so with a pair of arrests for a bar brawl, the dismissal of a projected starter and indefinite suspensions for two other players.
Dooley has acknowledged from the start the culture change he's undertaking wouldn't be easy, though surely nobody thought it would be so busy in the usually boring summer months.
"Hopefully the next time we'll be in front (the media) it will be a little better news," Dooley said after wrapping up his press conference Friday night. "But we have had a lot of good things happening prior to this."
The Vols have largely only had positive things going on since school let out, and the ball had really been rolling their way lately.
Dooley started generating some buzz by hiring Andre Lott to head up his Vol for Life/Character Education Program a little more than two weeks ago, bringing in a former player to help serve as a sort of guidance counselor for the program.
And in terms of on-field impact UT was receiving good news in waves.
Dooley picked up the No. 1 punter in the country from the class of 2010 in Matt Darr, a former Fresno State signee who was released from his enrollment and will have eligibility this fall.
The Vols also picked up another player who can play right away in defensive lineman Malik Jackson, a junior who took advantage of an NCAA penalty imposed on Southern California that allowed him to transfer without sitting out a season.
Even better in terms of public relations for Dooley, both players had direct ties to former UT coach Lane Kiffin.
The Vols were also able to snag a pair of commitments to fill out the 2011 signing class, adding quarterback Justin Worley and defensive tackle Allan Carson over the last nine days.
There were a couple hiccups with wide receiver Todd Campbell leaving the program and UT needing to put out a small fire when a report leaked it had turned down an opportunity to play Kiffin in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic next season, but neither of those were really significant problems.
Campbell wasn't likely to contribute for a roster crowded with talented targets in the passing game, and the proposed meeting with the Trojans was never actually offered by the school.
And certainly by comparison, those issues are virtually irrelevant compared with the Friday-morning fight at Bar Knoxville which led to the indefinite suspensions of linebacker Greg King and defensive tackle Marlon Walls, the arrest of freshman Da'Rick Rogers and a second arrest for Darren Myles - and the safety's dismissal from UT.
The toughest part for Dooley at the moment is the incident likely overshadows the recent progress as well.
"Well, it was a very similar message (to the players Friday) and a similar talk that we've had before about how important our team wants to change our brand and how we represent this place," Dooley said. "We just really set us back.
"It's no different than your character. You could spend 20 years building your character and one bad mistake can destroy it. So we've got to start over and rebuild, and we'll do that. We've got a lot of great leaders on this team who are really disappointed and so are some of the other guys on the team, and I expect them to all rally and handle it the right way. I think that a lot of the culture is probably perceived worse than it is, and it always is because we have some great young men who want to do right - and who are doing right."
That's largely been the theme for the Vols all summer.
Now Dooley will be testing that gravity and the ability of his program to bounce back up.