When Jonathan Crompton decided to join the Tennessee football program for his collegiate career, he was expected to bring the program back to prominence. Instead, he struggled through a four year tenure in which he was asked to learn from three different offensive coordinators.
Crompton struggled to lock down the starting position, and the team went 7-6 when in his senior season.
With historically high expectations for their football team, fans at Tennessee didn’t hold back their criticism of Crompton. According to the former Vols quarterback, that didn’t bother him as much as what was said to his family.
According to the Times Free Press, the entire experience left a “bad taste” in Crompton’s mouth.
“I could take it if they would just say things to me, but because they would yell things at my family, I developed a genuine dislike for that place,” Crompton said.
Crompton might not have become the quarterback that Tennessee thought he would be. But problems for the program went well beyond the quarterback position at the time. As the figurehead of the team, quarterbacks are often the first player to blame when the team isn’t playing well.
For Volunteers fans, they weren’t playing well enough.
Crompton has been entertaining the idea of getting back into the game of football. He says he’d want to get involved at the high school level, and help develop young talent.
With no real ties to the program anymore, don’t expect Crompton to suddenly become a regular on the sideline. It sounds like his time in Tennessee weren’t the “golden college years” a lot of players rave about.