Tennessee coach Butch Jones called for an appeal process for targeting after the Kentucky game two weeks ago. He had a much different take after the South Carolina game.
Jones expressed no issue with the targeting call against safety Brian Randolph on Saturday.
When asked if he spoke to Randolph about the play, Jones said, “No, not really. He is a veteran player. He understands. He knew what was coming next.”
Jones said he will address the penalty with the team.
The targeting call against cornerback Emmanuel Moseley in the Kentucky game was questionable. Moseley did not launch nor lead with his head and the receiver, Garrett Johnson, did not appear to be defenseless. Jones said afterward there should be an appeal process for such suspensions.
As for the latest targeting call against Tennessee, it seemed much more egregious. Safety Brian Randolph hit South Carolina receiver Pharoh Cooper high and late.
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— Parker Owen (@RobertoPancho9) November 7, 2015
“He felt bad about it,” Jones said, “just trying to be physical.”