Jonathan Crompton was Tennessee's quarterback during a tumultuous period in the Vols program.
And almost a decade later, he admits "I developed a genuine dislike for that place" because of the way fans at times treated his family from 2006-09, he told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Recall that Tennessee's prorgram at that point was roiled by the less-than-gracious end to the Phillip Fulmer era and the one-year Lane Kiffin sideshow. The fans frequently took out their anger on Crompton and, worse according to the ex-QB, his family at Neyland Stadium.
"I've only been back to Tennessee twice for games since I left. 'Animosity' is probably the best word for how I felt for a long time. I know it wasn't the majority of the fans, but there were enough examples that it really left a bad taste in my mouth. And I don't want to have that bad taste toward my alma mater anymore. I really don't.
"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. I'm not sure how to fix that, but there are so many people still there that I love and respect and would love to see."
Tennessee went 31-20 during Crompton's four seasons, but suffered a losing year only once (5-7 in 2008). However, demanding fans clearly weren't happy.
It got so bad, Crompton recalled to the Times Free Press, that one evening after a loss, a Vols fan told the QB's mother that he wished Crompton and his entire family would die in a car crash.
It's not difficult to see why Crompton, 29, developed that "bad taste" in his mouth.
Yet all these years later, he's still says "Tennessee has the No. 1 fan base in the country."
"It's just hard," he said, "to forget some of the things that happened to me and my family while I was there."