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We play 3 of the top 5, and 5 of the top 10. That means that we play alot of teams that a) have superior athletes, and b) know how to execute with few mistakes. A + B = WINS. I want to see us compete. I want to see resilience. I want to see a staff that really never really gets scared, spazzes out or loses their team. If we have stable leadership, solid command structure, a decent plan and operational consistency, I will not be too disappointed by a middling record. Undermanned will shortly fix itself.
I expect the adversity, but I'd like to see them grow and get tougher from it. The last few years, we just folded. If Butch can keep the environment cool, and keep his team's spirit alive, luck may break their way at some point and maybe we sneak in a few moments of greatness. They are gonna lose games, but if they respond like winners, then they are winners.
It's been awhile since we've been helmed by a man that knows hows to build things. I like Butch, and I like the way he has a plan, his staff is a pretty tight operation, and the man is steady onward, no drama, no ups and downs, just the same businesslike demeanor every day. The last two were pretty catastrophic as leaders. One tried to take shortcuts and had no respect for the place or it's long-term health, the other lacked direction and skill. Our performance has been awful, but even worse, the culture of Tennessee football is several years away now from having the right foundation and temperament.
My ramblings aside, what I want to see this year is clear evidence that we have REAL sturdy, steady-handed leadership. I am not sure what won/loss record I expect. I think it has more to do with their valiance in battle.
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