April 20th, 2012 11:04 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Tennessee
Tags: Alabama Tennessee, Derek Dooley, Sal Sunseri, Vinnie Sunseri
As we noted last week, the closer we get to football season — especially the Alabama-Tennessee game this October — the more you’ll be hearing about new Vol defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri and his relationship with his son, Tide linebacker Vinnie Sunseri.
Another dose of The Suneris was published today, this time with the father explaining just how difficult it was for him to leave his son in Tuscaloosa for a better job title in Knoxville:
“When I made this decision, I sat in that office down there, and both of us looked at each other, and we both cried. And it was hard. It was really hard. But the bottom line is everybody has to go and do what they’re supposed to do in life and fulfill their dreams. He’s fulfilling his dream, and I always wanted to be a coordinator, and I’m thankful that Derek Dooley gave me this opportunity to come up here…
(My son and I) love each other to death. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re wearing orange or you’re wearing crimson and all that — that’s my son… I’m a parent first before I’m a coach on another team. That’s what everybody has to understand. That’s my son. I will got to bat for him. I’ll do everything I need to do.”
No fans on either side should hold one thing against either the father or the son in this case. The son loves life at Bama. The father got career advancement at Tennessee.
Life trumps football.
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