Former Vol Wayne Chism hits Brian Williams with a zinger

Former Vol Wayne Chism hits Brian Williams with a zinger

The 2007-2008 Tennessee basketball team was one of the greatest teams in Vol history. Chris Lofton, Wayne Chism, Tyler Smith, J.P. Prince and  Brian Williams all shared playing time on a Tennessee team that went 28-3 in the regular season.

The team also made its mark as one of the best under former coach Bruce Pearl, who was fired in March of 2011 after he lied to NCAA investigators in the infamous barbecue case.

Many consider the Vols’ 66-62 win over Memphis late in the season as one of the best wins in program history. At the time, the two teams were No. 1 and No. 2 in the polls (Memphis at No. 1, Tennessee at No. 2), and both got an excellent chance to put a firm grip on the No. 1 spot in the country. The Vols put a notice out to the college basketball world that they were the new No. 1.

With that history in mind, former Vol and Bruce Pearl-era player Brian Williams tweeted Thursday about writing a “tell-all” book about his time at Tennessee. His former teammate Wayne Chism responded in kind:



For those that *don’t* know, Tennessee’s win over Memphis came on a Saturday, meaning the Vols were bumped up to the top of the polls on Monday. However, Tennessee played Vanderbilt on Tuesday, losing 72-69 and thus eliminating its chance to stay at the top very long.

I guess Wayne Chism got his Michael Scott moment in:

If Brian Williams is just joking (we’re pretty sure he is), this backfired in the most hilariously depressing way possible. After the team lost in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament later that year, the Memphis win became the highlight of the season. It really only lasted three days. His “tell-all” book might need to just be one page that says “SORRY ABOUT VANDERBILT.”

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