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Fans can be a brutal bunch, especially if you fail in spectacular fashion in front of 100,000-plus people. If you are quarterback of a SEC powerhouse school, provided you are winning, you can overcome just about any social obstacle, whether it’s self-inflicted or otherwise. If, however, your team loses and you play a direct part in said loss, fans can turn on you as if you’ve walked into their house, slapped their mother, de-virginized their sister, crapped on the floor and kicked their dog.

Just ask Tennessee Volunteers quarterback, Jonathan Crompton.

Crompton made the fatal mistake of not having his best game against the UCLA Bruins — damn him all to hell — throwing three interceptions and looking rather pedestrian for an SEC quarterback in the process. Naturally, his performance, bolstered by last season’s failures, caused at least one Tennessee fan to react with creative zeal by offering Crompton up for sale on Craigslist. The ad in question states:

I have a quarter back to give away for free. His name is Jonathan Crompton and you can have him. Feel free to take him before we have another losing season. I am asking a dollar for him , just because craigslist won’t accept 0.

Is a dollar too much to ask at this juncture in Crompton’s college career? The guys I turn to for all Volunteers-related reactions, LosersWithSocks, aren’t ready to give up on him yet.

I know people are just venting here right now after a frustrating loss yesterday, but overall I think Jon needs people to get off his back and get behind him, even when he has a rough game. Jon is the Tennessee quarterback, and he deserves our support.

I’m wondering if these sentiments will change if Crompton has another brutal outing on Saturday? In case you aren’t quite sure, Tennessee plays Lord Tebow and the Florida Gators in the Swamp this coming Saturday, and I’d say the odds on Crompton repeating or outdoing his poor performance against UCLA are high.

H/t to KentuckySportsRadio for the find.