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Is a national championship the only yardstick for measuring a college team's athletic success? This kind of talk is absolute drivel when considering what Tennessee needs to do to become competitive again in the SEC - much less nationally, in every sport.
NCs are awfully hard to come by - in any sport. Just ask Vanderbilt's No.1 - ranked baseball team this year. There are a ton of college teams that have been outstanding in the modern era with no NCs.
I think the current UT athletic administration needs to define what the expectations are with regard to performance expectations. Before Hamilton left, he set expectations for football as winning a minimum of eight games a season. I've never seen a quantitative expectation for any other sport.
UT has always had superior athletic facilities and above average fan support, but not much return for them on a consistent basis lately. Perhaps, expectations need to be realigned to match the fan reality that exists in college athletics, which is: be patient; be grateful for the opportunity to be exposed to world-class college sports; support the kids in spite of the administration & circumstances, and if a championship should come your school's way, savor it - it won't likely happen again any time soon.
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