Coach Donnie Tyndall. Intense.

Last night I photographed the University of Tennessee vs. Arkansas men’s basketball game for USA Today Sports Images, and it was an awesome game to photograph with UT pulling off a 74 to 69 upset win over #19 Arkansas. But what happened late in the game tells the whole story…

Pictured below is Tennessee Volunteers head coach Donnie Tyndall being pulled back to the bench by director of basketball operations Justin Phelps. Yes, it’s a bit awkward looking. It’s also, to those of us that know them, freakin’ hilarious. It’s been tweeted around with such comments as “Tennessee starts the first SEC speed skating team” and “are they twerking?” and quite a few other amusing comments. I ran into Coach, showed him the image, and his response was that infectious laugh of his 🙂

What the image shows to me is just how extremely intense he is…he has a basketball team that is not supposed to be winning very many games 2-1 in the SEC and has already defeated 2 top 20 teams this season. And Coach Phelps deserves an award for making sure Coach Tyndall did not get a technical foul. 🙂

Full gallery of images are here.

Jan 13, 2015; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Donnie Tyndall is restrained by director of basketball operations Justin Phelps during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tennessee won 74 to 69. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 13, 2015; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Donnie Tyndall is restrained by director of basketball operations Justin Phelps during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tennessee won 74 to 69. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

And here’s the video discussing the image…yes I suck at this! 🙂

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