He was fired for throwing four to five punches on a play like Tennessee football He beat Akron Zips 63-6 last week. However, in multiple tweets from reports with 99.1 The Sports Animal, Calloway will only be suspended for a half term against the Florida Gators.
The SEC has assured Jimmy that there will be no further action from the league, so Calloway will be available for the second half against Florida. https://t.co/k4e2LUAE7Z
– Josh Ward (@Josh_Ward) September 20 2022
On the surface, this is a poor, pointless look. Josh Heupel could have suspended Calloway for multiple games. Jalin Hyatt is in good health and is the beginning of his main slot business, Jimmy Holiday is still around, and Squirrel White has appeared.
Despite Calloway’s potential, he won’t see much action against Florida. As a result, his longer suspension was an opportunity for Huebel to make a statement without real consequences. It would have seemed justified given the number of punches he threw.
Jimmy Calloway, what the hell did you just watch? 💀 pic.twitter.com/wUp2O0ufg3
Caden Davis (CadenDSports) September 18 2022
However, with Heupel taking the PR risk of not doing so, with few upsides, and his SEC backing him, one piece of advice is clear. Everyone who watched the movie from the Akron game thought Calloway’s punches, while wrong, were somewhat understandable.
Heupel described Akron as one of the most popular games of which he was a part. There was grumbling all night that Akron was apparently aiming low for trying to hurt the Vols’ offensive players. Cedric Tillman and Jabbari Small both left the match in the first half due to injury.
The extent of their injuries is still unknown, but it certainly sparked outrage among the Vol Nation. Even on a touchdown manned by Dylan Samson, one of the two options Heupel ran on, it looked as if Akron was trying to hit Hendon Hooker on the field.
Now, none of this justifies what Calloway did. The conversation that arose of an Akron defender clutching his face mask and holding it still didn’t warrant a lot of punches. However, if you look at the response, you can’t say that the senior officials didn’t feel that way.
It would be one thing if Tennessee football made the decision to suspend Calloway for a half term and it was not overridden by the Securities and Exchange Commission. That still means somewhat of an understanding of Calloway’s wrath, because the Vols don’t need him badly against Florida.
But with the league’s office supporting them, and not taking any further action, it seemed to indicate that all of the objective parties involved in reviewing what happened felt some sympathy for Calloway. This is a major indictment against Akron and what they were doing.
You might think the League and the Vols got it wrong, and frankly, you’d probably be right. There should be a zero-tolerance policy for punches. The correct move would likely be to suspend a player for one match for every punch he throws, guaranteeing five matches for Calloway.
Getting that aggressive is just something you can’t do. Baseball won’t allow bats to charge up the hill, no matter how dirty the pitcher is. Basketball does not allow players to start fights out of anger over gross fouls. This can lead to hatred in the palace.
This standard must be applied to the network. Calloway can’t do what he did, no matter how things go. However, the Tennessee football and league office’s response in this way suggests that they understand the matter, which is shocking to see.