Bama says 'no' to Vols' jerseys

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin says his team wanted to wear orange jerseys on the road against Alabama, but the Crimson Tide denied their request.

Under a new NCAA rule for 2009, both teams may wear their colored home jerseys if the home team and the home team's conference agree.

Kiffin says the Southeastern Conference approved the Volunteers' request to wear their orange jerseys on the road and that no reason was given by Alabama for denying the request.

The request was made after coaches talked with people during the offseason about the history of the game, and Kiffin says he thought it would be a neat experience for fans of both teams.

He also says he's not willing for his team to take a 15-yard penalty in the opening kickoff to go against the Tide's wishes.

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