A loss to South Carolina wasn't even the end.
After closing out October without a victory, the last day of the month provided one more bit of bad news for the Tennessee football team.
According to UT officials, freshman defensive lineman Jacques Smith was involved in a fight early Sunday morning after the Vols lost at No. 18 South Carolina, 38-24. It is the first arrest during the season under coach Derek Dooley in his first year with the program. According to Volquest.com, Smith was issued a warrant for simple assault for his role in the fight on Cumberland Avenue.
The Knoxville Police Department has not yet responded to requests for more information from the News Sentinel.
"We had an incident last night involving Jacques Smith," UT associate athletic director for communications Jimmy Stanton said before Dooley's Sunday teleconference. "Based on what we've heard from both the police and Jacques, there was an altercation between Jacques and another student regarding a girl. Once the altercation started, members of our team who were present stepped in and diffused the situation.
"All parties then walked out on their own accord and without major injuries. There were no further incidents, and several hours later the other student and his mother decided to press charges. Those are the facts as have been relayed to us."
Based on what has been presented, Dooley indicated he would handle punishment for Smith "internally," which would appear to be unlikely to him missing any playing time at this point.