Adams: Players in bar brawl also hurt teammates

Nick Reveiz was the first person who came to mind when I heard about Vol Brawl while on vacation.

Don't worry. He's not an unnamed suspect.

He was just a reminder of unfinished business from my last assignment. Reveiz and two other Tennessee players, Daniel Lincoln and Austin Johnson, spent part of that mid-June afternoon visiting with fans at a local independent living center.

By then, I assumed the team was deep enough into off-season workouts for it to have comprised a rallying cry for the upcoming season. So I asked Reveiz, a fifth-year senior and team leader.

"Yes," he said. "Chris Walker came up with it."

It's on a wrist band. The abbreviated version is "AO1," which stands for an "Audience Of One."

I was expecting something less cryptic. "Don't believe what you read," seemed appropriate given the unflattering predictions from preseason football publications. Or, in light of the recent Vol-driven barroom brawl that put an off-duty policeman in the hospital, you might suggest, "Leave no witnesses."

But an "Audience of One?"

Reveiz explained.

"We've had a big spiritual revival on this team," he said. "I think it started last year when (former quarterback) Jonathan Crompton came to Christ. From then on, it just snowballed.

"We've had so many guys give their lives to Christ and go to (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) retreats. It's about realizing the big picture. The big picture is serving the Lord."

The big picture is an Audience of One.

It's not just Reveiz or Walker. It's a lot of players who are very serious about their religious convictions, according to Reveiz. They go to bible studies and FCA retreats. They try to practice what they preach.

I left for vacation with that message, imagining the 2010 Vols as a team full of Tim Tebows. I thought about that team - and those players - when I read the varied accounts of who did what to whom at Bar Knoxville nine days ago.

Aside from the policemen who was beaten unconscious, those are the guys who were hurt the most by what happened that night.

The Vols already had enough to overcome. Three different coaches in as many years have left them short on players and talent. Now, they have an image problem as well.

Most of the players don't deserve that. New coach Derek Dooley should keep that in mind when meting out punishment to the guilty parties. To his credit, he already has dismissed repeat offender Darren Myles from the team. That's a good start.

This is no time to sympathize with the players who got in trouble. Sympathize with the ones who didn't, because they will be painted with the same broad brush.

College football players who wreak havoc on the general populace aren't just breaking the law. They're sticking it to their own teammates. In the context of a football locker room, what's worse than that?

The guilt by association is magnified at a program whose outlaw history is well documented. Walker and Reveiz surely will be quizzed about that when they represent UT at the SEC football media days Friday in Birmingham.

Maybe someone will notice their wrist bands, too.

John Adams may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com

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Psychovol writes:

Thanks for noticing JA but I suspect you're an audience of one. The feeding frenzy at the media days will be evidence of that. I'm surprised Lane Kiffin hasn't jumped on the bandwagon already. There is enough schadenfreude to go around for everyone.

Volfan1 writes:

Mr. Adams,
I have found fault with many of your articles in the past. But THANK YOU for this fine work!
You didn't "pile on". You didn't minimize the problem. You recognized the truth.
There are fine young men on this team that are building their lives on a solid foundation first, and secondly, want to represent the Vols with a high standard of pride and effort.
Thank you again.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to Volfan1:

Mr. Adams,
I have found fault with many of your articles in the past. But THANK YOU for this fine work!
You didn't "pile on". You didn't minimize the problem. You recognized the truth.
There are fine young men on this team that are building their lives on a solid foundation first, and secondly, want to represent the Vols with a high standard of pride and effort.
Thank you again.

Agreed!

Stepchild_nFL writes:

AO1 = A Outlaw of 1

VolsInYourMouth writes:

Very nice read. Theres some fine young men on this team and its about time someone recognizes that.

wazzya69vol writes:

Mr. Adams, thank you for taking the high road with this article. We only hear about the ones getting into trouble; not the ones who don't and especially those who take their character and faith to the next level. It was refreshing to read this article--I would not have known their "good deeds" if you hadn't of printed this. And if any of you interlopers have something bad to say about this, you need some real psychological help. In otherwords, bite it!!

cc623 writes:

For a program that is far from the "top" in "total arrests" and not even close to the top on the so-called "Fulmer Cup" standings the whole "outlaw history" line is reaching at best...

kevin151 writes:

in response to cc623:

For a program that is far from the "top" in "total arrests" and not even close to the top on the so-called "Fulmer Cup" standings the whole "outlaw history" line is reaching at best...

what ever makes yourself feel better bro...

clvolfan writes:

in response to Psychovol:

Thanks for noticing JA but I suspect you're an audience of one. The feeding frenzy at the media days will be evidence of that. I'm surprised Lane Kiffin hasn't jumped on the bandwagon already. There is enough schadenfreude to go around for everyone.

Who cares what CLK thinks,or says ?
Seem that his name has to pop up by someone in almost every article.

rockytopatl writes:

Fuad must be very proud of that boy. No telling what he will accomplish this fall when he finally gets back on the field. With a heart that big, he might make some plays that topple an SEC Goliath.

RoadTrip writes:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/st...

It goes on even at ND. Bet Joe is real happy with his boy...

RoadTrip writes:

One of the best pieces you have ever written about the UT football program, John. This made my day. The seeds are planted with the players that have good character that will bring long term dividends for the Vol nation for years to come. We have to remember to be patient as it will take some time. CDD needs to be diligent with team discipline as well.

GBO!

Pullingguard writes:

John you have taken a wide brush and painted the entire football team in a negative way because of the recent brawl... Its like someone in your church being caught as DWI and the entire church becomes a bunch of drunks... Not even sure everyone at Bar Knoxville was involved in the brawl, so why not take the positive approach and refer punishment to those who eventually are convicted of involvement... Incidentially, Florida and Georgia had players who made mistakes this week and with your usual coverage of those programs, I am sure you will write column about it...Will You????

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to grvol:

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what a dimwit

mtowntim writes:

Good write up Adams. We need more articles like this from KNS. Again, thanks Adams. GO VOLS!!

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

what a dimwit

jhayes,

Agree with you. What an especially set of immature comments from whomever this grvol individual is supposed to be. Very redneckish IMO.

DennisVols writes:

In the Army we rallied behind “An Army of one”. We where as one in everything we did. We watched each other’s back, we stood side by side, we lived and died for each other. Rank aside no one member of the team was more important than the other. Each man knew their assignment and each man depended on the other to fulfill their assignment for all our lives depended on it. (T) Together (E) Everyone (A) Achieves (M) More. Everyone knew and accepted that their actions were a direct reflection of the whole, not just themselves.
This team needs to develop that kind of mentality. If you believe and buy into it then there is nothing that can’t be overcome. That kind of bond can deliver you through even the greatest of odds in beating your opponent.
Keeping it Real
Go Vols!!!

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

Thanks for this article. Please provide more articles like this when possible.

Likearose writes:

Thanks Mr. Adams! Good article.

whateveryall writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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I got to the the church where Crompton was saved, and yes it did happen around the time that he got better. I don't know if that really had an effect or not but it is something to think about...

vestc#256986 writes:

Good article John and the title wasn't misleading like your comrades have written the past 2 weeks. No doubt these players let their team and fans down but I bet they also know their lack of self control harmed themselves. I still believe the bar fight will be much ado about nothing because there will always be fights and at worst the Russell kid got a split eye he "might" have deserved. To me the dark cloud is did someone attack a man they knew to be a policeman. I really doubt they knew he was an officer and I'm beginning to doubt the first reports he was kicked while down. I also think there was a jump to blame it on a player when in fact there was other non-football guys fighting that night as well. Lets hope this adversity brings more players to Christ and that this adversity bonds the team like it did the basketball team last year. We didn't give up on our BB team then and I believe we should stick with the FB team now! GBO

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Unfortunately these kinds of actions dont make headlines, they are not "sexy" enough for todays person who has to have the latest scandal as fast as they can get it.

These young men need to keep their chins up and make their own headlines on Saturdays this fall.

TheBanker writes:

I am not as excited with this article as others. I would rather have a team full of "Eric Berry's" not necessarily Time Tebow's. Seems Mr. Adams is unable to shake the affection of the gators. How about a team full of T Martin's or Peyton Manning. We have Volunteers past and present that are worthy of comparison. No need to search another team. Kiffin tried with the USC model.

sampears writes:

Nice Job Adams...looks like we have some reporting going on again! Not just copy pasting from what others write...Thanks!

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to DennisVols:

In the Army we rallied behind “An Army of one”. We where as one in everything we did. We watched each other’s back, we stood side by side, we lived and died for each other. Rank aside no one member of the team was more important than the other. Each man knew their assignment and each man depended on the other to fulfill their assignment for all our lives depended on it. (T) Together (E) Everyone (A) Achieves (M) More. Everyone knew and accepted that their actions were a direct reflection of the whole, not just themselves.
This team needs to develop that kind of mentality. If you believe and buy into it then there is nothing that can’t be overcome. That kind of bond can deliver you through even the greatest of odds in beating your opponent.
Keeping it Real
Go Vols!!!

Well said !

crimsonviper writes:

Good article JA.

eprahm (Inactive) writes:

Excellent column!

rockytopatl writes:

in response to TheBanker:

I am not as excited with this article as others. I would rather have a team full of "Eric Berry's" not necessarily Time Tebow's. Seems Mr. Adams is unable to shake the affection of the gators. How about a team full of T Martin's or Peyton Manning. We have Volunteers past and present that are worthy of comparison. No need to search another team. Kiffin tried with the USC model.

Huh? This story is about about religious players and Tebow made on-the-field -- even on-his-face -- religion famous. It has nothing to do with affection for the Gators.

JACK8254 writes:

What a load of sentimental hogwash. What, exactly, was the message ? Adams is losing his grip- that is the message.

TheBanker writes:

in response to rockytopatl:

Huh? This story is about about religious players and Tebow made on-the-field -- even on-his-face -- religion famous. It has nothing to do with affection for the Gators.

I believe we have enough people making "religion famous". The substance of this article had to deal with the character of players and how the bad behavior overshadows good works. This article took the time to include Tebow in the Volnation. Even Brice Brown included Janzen Jackson on a "come to Jesus" meeting after the convenience store incident.

dvols writes:

brawl gave sportswriters a gold mine!

volsoutwest writes:

in response to JACK8254:

What a load of sentimental hogwash. What, exactly, was the message ? Adams is losing his grip- that is the message.

HUH?

volinlouisiana writes:

in response to grvol:

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Antithesis my friend. Look it up.

PureOrange writes:

With the negative hurting so much, it is great to hear some positive. These guys have gotten it. They have figured out what is really important. May it spread throughout our entire team.

Quality guys such as these are how our program will get back to the top.

CarbonCopy (Inactive) writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

what a dimwit

Ditto

BillsBrother writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

John you have taken a wide brush and painted the entire football team in a negative way because of the recent brawl... Its like someone in your church being caught as DWI and the entire church becomes a bunch of drunks... Not even sure everyone at Bar Knoxville was involved in the brawl, so why not take the positive approach and refer punishment to those who eventually are convicted of involvement... Incidentially, Florida and Georgia had players who made mistakes this week and with your usual coverage of those programs, I am sure you will write column about it...Will You????

I am not certain you read the same column that I read, PG.

CarbonCopy (Inactive) writes:

in response to JACK8254:

What a load of sentimental hogwash. What, exactly, was the message ? Adams is losing his grip- that is the message.

Losing grip?
Is your last name meoff

DaddyVol writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/st...

It goes on even at ND. Bet Joe is real happy with his boy...

Fruit doesn't fall far from the tree.

kyvol98 writes:

in response to allVolinGA:

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Could be Chris Walker's time....

OrangePsyched writes:

Wow I was beginning to think from reading previous articles and commentors that the whole team was a bunch of brawling thugs. So we do have a few nice guys left on the team huh? No team in the country is filled with saints. Most kids when being recruited say the right things and every coach in the country gets burned by these young men from time to time. Let's move on...SEC media days next week and we are well represented. ROCKY TOP!

gtownvol writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

One of the best pieces you have ever written about the UT football program, John. This made my day. The seeds are planted with the players that have good character that will bring long term dividends for the Vol nation for years to come. We have to remember to be patient as it will take some time. CDD needs to be diligent with team discipline as well.

GBO!

I agree with this post. It seems like when we have a bad event in the sports program it is talked about for months. Rarely do we see articles on the guys that are doing the right thing. It would be nice to have an article at least once a month that hightlights a player or group of players for the community service and philanthropic activities in which our great athletes participate. GBO!!

txsvol#372416 writes:

JA, your or your copy editor should capitalize the "B" in 'bible' (11th paragraph). It is the only Book that is always read in the presence of its Author. SAVol

PMC2726 writes:

Now it all makes perfect sense -- J. Crompton was successful in the 2nd half of his senior year because he found Jesus. The mystery has been solved!!!! Perhaps Nick Reveiz can comment on whether Daniel Lincoln found Jesus before or after having 2 fourth quarter FG's blocked against eventual national champion Alabama?

vol98champ writes:

The replies to this great article speak volumes for us as fans. 90% of us are good guys trying to do the right thing. 10% are like the bar fighters. If all of the players and all of us responders would buy into All for One and TEAM we would regain our status in the 90's much sooner. I believe the 10% and JA's normal articles have caused much of our problems.

jjsteel writes:

in response to Stepchild_nFL:

AO1 = A Outlaw of 1

Your alias fits your demented thinking.

Cldvols1 writes:

Takes a lot of self discipline to serve the lord with all the external factors of college life and football but I'm very proud of some of our men who wanna do it. God bless and Go Vols!!!

TKO writes:

Nice article JA. seldom hear about this side of the Vols.

VOLFORLIFE writes:

in response to SECFB:

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Best I could tell, this piece had nothing to do with Nick Saban, anybody's desire for him to scratch where he itches, or Alabama football. It had to do with some fine young men who are doing the right things the right way. So shove off, troll.

GO VOLS!!!
JUGHEAD

camron writes:

From the time an athlete is recognized as having unusual ability,usually in middle school, they are given special treatment with grades,equipment,etc. We, the fans,sports writers,coaches,parents are responsible for this. Why would a kid not think the rules didn't apply to them? Until we the adults are willing to change this culture we must accept the results. Dismiss the charges and move on.

tennrich1 writes:

Great article...I'm sure the percentages are about the same on this board as well....many who really do understand what this is about...and many who have no clue....Nick and Chris..Keep leading brothers...keep leading...

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