Riley Ferguson’s father, Don, created a stir after he made a Facebook post on Saturday stating that his son made the “best decision of his life” to leave Tennessee, while also referring to the Vols as a “dumpster fire.”
After the comments showed up all over the Internet, Ferguson’s father regrets the Facebook post, which he has since deleted.
“I should have just said going to Memphis was the best decision of his life,” Don Ferguson told Geoff Calkins of The Commercial Appeal. “I should have left Tennessee out of it. They have enough things to worry about. …
“It’s water under the bridge. That fan base is one of the strongest in the country, and right now, they’re mad about a lot of things. I apologize to any fans I upset. I especially didn’t want to make things harder for Riley. I should have just said that Memphis has been great for him.”
Ferguson transferred from Tennessee after just one season, during which he sat out with a medical redshirt after sustaining a leg injury while battling for the starting quarterback job. He was with the Vols for the 2013 season before deciding to leave in May 2014.
After two years at Coffeyville Community College, Ferguson has gone on to have success as the starting quarterback at Memphis. He has 5,233 yards and 48 touchdowns in 18 games over the past two seasons.
Ironically, Ferguson’s father is a lifelong Vols fan who said he actually didn’t want his son to leave the team originally.
“I was heartbroken that he left,” Don Ferguson said, according to Calkins. “I was born in Tennessee. I tried everything I could do to try and get him to stay. But he just never really felt comfortable there. There was nothing I could do.”
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