The saga involving the University of Tennessee and former running back Jalen Hurd continues to pop up in unexpected ways.

A former 5-star recruit, Hurd had been the starter in Knoxville for three seasons. He was supposed to take the next step in becoming a potential All-American candidate as a junior. Hurd was also close to becoming the school’s all-time leading rusher in under three full seasons on campus — which is quite impressive considering the football program’s 120-year history.

While Hurd did take a step, it wasn’t towards national accolades — but rather out of Knoxville. He left the team midseason under rather mysterious circumstances. As of now, it isn’t known as to where Hurd will play next year — if at all. He’ll have to sit out a year should he transfer to another D1 institution.

In his absence, Alvin Kamara played wonderfully for the Vols. He accrued 596 yards rushing, 392 yards receiving, and 13 total touchdowns. Kamara parlayed this strong season into becoming a potentially high draft pick in April’s NFL Draft.

Hurd’s mother — Tara Smotherman — made a rather interesting comment on Twitter about the Hurd-Kamara dynamic:

The context for this tweet isn’t exactly known, but it does appear to fall under the “sour grapes” category.