Tennessee's anthem "Rocky Top" is a very catchy tune, infectious even. However, there are some people who just shouldn't sing the UT fight song—including Florida football players.
Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley doesn't prescribe to that rule, however, as he told reporters that he not only sings "Rocky Top," but he does so during games against the Volunteers, as tweeted by reporters from GatorZone, 247Sports and The Palm Beach Post (h/t Jason Kirk of SBNation).
Easley came clean about his "Rocky Top" habit to reporters Monday, as he was asked about UF's upcoming tilt with Tennessee. His remarks can be seen around the 5:20 mark of this Sept. 16 press conference from GatorVision.
He was first asked how he felt about the song and simply redirected the question to the reporter.
Next, another reporter asked if he ever finds himself singing it during the game, to which he responded, "Yeah. When something gets so annoying, you have to make the best of it."
The UF press pounced once Easley confirmed that he does indeed sing "Rocky Top."
He said that the only words he knows are "old Rocky Top," but that he doesn't do it to taunt the Volunteer players. Further elaborating, the 6'2", 280-pound defensive lineman says he does it for his own enjoyment.
Dominique Easley says he sings Rocky Top during UF-UT games. "They can hear me, but I don't do it taunt. I do it for my own enjoyment."— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) September 16, 2013
Once he said that, it seemed like all the Gators beat writers were too busy tweeting the quote to continue their line of questioning.
This isn't the first time Easley has produced a head-scratching quote. During the 2013 SEC media days, he was asked about legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant. Not only did he not know who Bryant was, but he asked if he was "some kind of cartoon."
Florida is 3-0 against the Volunteers during Easley's career and has a chance to improve to 4-0 this weekend.
The Vols will this time make the trip to The Swamp as they are fresh off a 59-14 blowout loss to No. 2 Oregon. UF will be coming off a bye week after being downed by Miami 21-16 in Week 2.
The Tennessee band travels to most of UT's SEC games, so to potentially see Easley singing "Rocky Top," be sure to tune in to CBS at 3:30 p.m. EDT this Saturday.