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Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry leaves the field after the 37-14 loss to Virginia Tech at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in Atlanta. Berry is expected to announce if he will return for his senior year at UT or leave to enter the NFL draft.

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Tennessee defensive back Eric Berry leaves the field after the 37-14 loss to Virginia Tech at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in Atlanta. Berry is expected to announce if he will return for his senior year at UT or leave to enter the NFL draft.

A bowl trip to Orlando, Fla., made Tennessee the butt of a Steve Spurrier joke in the mid-1990s. A decade later, back-to-back Peach Bowls did nothing more than cut into the Vols' cell phone time.

Bowl games are ideally characterized as a reward for a successful season. But they don't always turn out that way.

Some become full-blown disasters. Others negate half a season's worth of goodwill.

The Vols should keep that in mind when they began preparation for a December bowl.

The team has rebounded from a 2-6 start to win four consecutive games. It has momentum and a chance to have a winning season. It has done a month's worth of hard work but it hasn't finished the job.

A bowl victory would leave the Vols at 7-6, just where they left off last season. That's no small achievement considering all the attrition between last season and this one. But if the Vols don't invest as much effort in this game as they did the last third of the season, the bowl could become a dark hole.

There's no shame in losing a bowl. There's considerable embarrassment in not showing up, as evidenced by those dreadful showings in the Georgia Dome following the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

Performances like that can linger through an entire offseason.

UT's 2006 team rebounded from a 5-6 record in 2005 to win nine of 12 regular-season games. Even two of its losses - by one point to eventual national champion Florida and by four to top-10 LSU - were encouraging.

Had the season ended with the routine sweep of Vanderbilt and Kentucky, fans would have been basking in the program's resilience and potential. The Vols ruined that outlook with a desultory exhibition against Penn State in the Outback Bowl.

A bowl production comparable to that from this team would be surprising for a couple of reasons.

Nothing has come easy for this team. It has suffered humiliating losses on its home field to Oregon and Alabama, and lost a game that it all but won in Tiger Stadium. When there's no time on the clock, the score is in your favor and you still lose - you learn not to take anything for granted.

These Vols know they have the thinnest margin for error. Even though they're on a four-game winning streak and bowl-bound, their running game has been reduced to a whisper, their punt returns are comedic fodder for their head coach and they're ninth in the SEC in total offense and 10th in total defense. So no one has to remind them there's vast room for improvement.

It's reasonable to expect they will improve during the next set of practices.

First-year coach Derek Dooley and his staff have been preaching improvement since their arrival. The sermon won't change this month.

They aren't just preparing their team for another game. They're preparing their next team for another season.

Qualifying for those extra practices is an accomplishment in itself. And gaining a head start on 2011 is a boost for a program that has had so many setbacks over the last year.

Playing well in a bowl won't affect next season. But it will impact the off-season atmosphere.

Fans who went all the way to Tampa, Fla., for the 2007 Outback Bowl can vouch for that.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

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TNVOLNTX writes:

"But if the Vols don't invest as much effort in this game as they did the last third of the season, the bowl could become a dark hole."

Leave it to Adams to try and pi*s on the parade. Classic Adams. What a tool. Between basketball and football, an infinite number of reasons to write a positive story for a change and this is what we get.

wags32 writes:

in response to TNVOLNTX:

"But if the Vols don't invest as much effort in this game as they did the last third of the season, the bowl could become a dark hole."

Leave it to Adams to try and pi*s on the parade. Classic Adams. What a tool. Between basketball and football, an infinite number of reasons to write a positive story for a change and this is what we get.

Adams has a point! But yo are right he puts a negative spin on everything the Vols do right, why not put in there what a great accomplishment it was coming back from a 2 and 6 record. Boy he is gonna be upset for some time to come because the Vols are gonna be outstanding for years to come. Enjoy it while you can Adams... HATER!!!

TNVOLNTX writes:

in response to wags32:

Adams has a point! But yo are right he puts a negative spin on everything the Vols do right, why not put in there what a great accomplishment it was coming back from a 2 and 6 record. Boy he is gonna be upset for some time to come because the Vols are gonna be outstanding for years to come. Enjoy it while you can Adams... HATER!!!

Absolutely! There's a time to bring attention to such things as the potential pitfalls of a bowl game, but this weekend? Really? Come on John!

In contrast, Strange just posted an article accentuating the positives from the weekend and there plenty of them.

Go Vols!

vut56#231073 writes:

Well, let's summarize JA's points:

"One can lose a bowl game." Yep; it will happen to half the teams playing in bowl games...and has since a bowl game was invented.

"It might leave a sour taste in our mouths over the winter." Yep, it could. Does losing ever taste good?

Of course, we appreciate being reminded about the opportunity to practice more, expose our program to recruits and a national (albeit small) audience. Who would have ever thought of that?

JA is like Lucy and the football; I keep peeping time after time for something original, thoughtful or worthwhile, only to have the football yanked back, time after time. This article was no exception.

TNVOLNTX writes:

in response to vut56#231073:

Well, let's summarize JA's points:

"One can lose a bowl game." Yep; it will happen to half the teams playing in bowl games...and has since a bowl game was invented.

"It might leave a sour taste in our mouths over the winter." Yep, it could. Does losing ever taste good?

Of course, we appreciate being reminded about the opportunity to practice more, expose our program to recruits and a national (albeit small) audience. Who would have ever thought of that?

JA is like Lucy and the football; I keep peeping time after time for something original, thoughtful or worthwhile, only to have the football yanked back, time after time. This article was no exception.

Hahahaha...Pefect!

Likearose writes:

Yes, he has written some negative things in the past. But...really. This is beyond negative.
Come on Adams! Whose side are you on?
Go Vols! Proud of you!

Vol_a_tile writes:

I would almost rather hear Adams sing than read this article. " My mind keeps telling me no, but my body [...]"

tovolny writes:

Good Job posters. KNS needs to know how you feel.

But Jack and John have no visible respect for UT.

A little congratulatory sentence about BB and FB success this weekend seems in order. But we got about what I expected from KNS.

orangehuskr writes:

Some of those bowl games mentioned were not fun to watch- that's why I'd like another shot at Clemson or Maryland in music city. CDD will squeeze all he can out of all those bowl prep practices while all the youngsters continue to grow up. As for bowl games- let's go out and jump on some ACC team like we did in 96 citrus or 04 cotton!!

nocleats writes:

Biggest worry in a bowl game is the SRs.. If NFL is absolutely in the future and the game is of little significance, many Srs will not risk careers and money on such a game.. See Dale Carter and crew at Fiesta bowl, or John Henderson vs Nebraska.. If you dont think it happens,think again, or ask some ex players.. Pro scouts will warn players before bowl games,

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Whenever you see an article written by this guy, you pretty much know what you're going to get. I guess there isn't much more to add than that.

Voluvr writes:

Not even going to read this story. And I thought both teams win... man...

JDub82 writes:

Wow, a negative piece by John "Benedict Arnold" Adams?

Gee, John boy, any Vol fan from the last decade could have written this ridiculous article. I think we are all aware of the pitfalls of a bad bowl game performance.

Dobervol writes:

in response to bankofdad3:

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Well, I was there and it was horrible. The whole team, not just Foster, looked apathetic and not ready to play emotionally. Yes, the fumble happened right in front of where my seats were, and it was huge, but there was no celebration going on, with the sluggish way we were playing as a whole. And even as a Fulmer fan, to blame Foster for his firing is nuts. Did you get a look at the kid today and all season long in the NFL? Statistically, the best back in the league right now. Ever wonder why he wasn't that good when he was here? [In my best smart-aleck Dana Carvey Church Lady voice]: Could it be . . . hmm . . . coaching?

orangeblood8456 writes:

twas the night before christmas and all was quite not a creature was stirring not even john adam's

jumboliyah writes:

the truth hurts and this is a true article...we need to play well...losing is one thing...smelling it up like we have most of the last decade in bowls will be a set back.

DannyVol writes:

What rhymes with ooshbag???

DannyVol writes:

in response to jumboliyah:

the truth hurts and this is a true article...we need to play well...losing is one thing...smelling it up like we have most of the last decade in bowls will be a set back.

Do me a favor. Since you have no mind of your own and reacted to Adams' devil's advocate bit by pridelessly surrendering like the French Army at the first hint of trouble, please take every stitch of orange gear you own and donate it to the Salvation Army.

Realist writes:

in response to DannyVol:

Do me a favor. Since you have no mind of your own and reacted to Adams' devil's advocate bit by pridelessly surrendering like the French Army at the first hint of trouble, please take every stitch of orange gear you own and donate it to the Salvation Army.

After spending a few thousand to travel to each bowl game and every SEC Championship since 1997, some of us agree to this article. While I have never been an Adams fan, he tends to print some articles that need to be printed that no one else would. Besides Peyton getting snubbed, watching us get "peached" by Clemson and smacked in 2007 in Tampa were my worst Vol memories in the last two decades! I am expecting my fourth worst memory to be announced in the next few weeks with sanctions from the NCAA.

rootin4volz writes:

Me: "Sportswriters Can Sometimes Go Bad"

Case in point, John Adams.

cptcrash64 writes:

Oh my gosh. Really? The Vols get it together, finish the season bowl eligible by winning 4 straight, and this is the column John Adams chooses to write? Wow. Maybe he's just bitter that LSU lost to Arkansas.

nwcs writes:

I like Adams' articles. He tends to splash some cold water reality on fans who only want to read things they agree with.

I've lived here all my life and went to UT so I'm no fair weather fan. Even still, I can see that we are only bowl eligible due to a weak back end schedule. And in the last several bowls we haven't exactly put on a showcase performance.

VolzsFan writes:

Reality Check:

1. Adams is not a Vol fan. He does not need to be. However, he feels that it is better copy when Tenn is down. That is why he was prominent in his efforts to turn the fan base against the most successful coach in school history.

2. No one on here has ever played a D1 or professional sport. No one has ever coached on a high level. Therefore, no one is qualified to know if a team played sluggish, etc etc. Just shut up, eat your BBQ and watch the game.

3. Tenn's wins came against teams that where collectively 17-43. And there are some that are dancing in the streets.

4. Memory lane. In 16 years, Phil won 75% of his games. All games. Almost 75% of his SEC games. He is still one of the all time leading winners in SEC HISTORY. He had 9 - 10 win seasons. He averaged 9.25 wins in mostly 11 game regular seasons. He went to 5 of 11 SEC title games. Under the pre expansion way of counting, he would have had 5 SEC Titles. He is still the last coach to win back to back SEC titles. The fanbase became spoiled as most never knew Tenn before 1992 and the Phil era.

Tenn will never have those type of numbers or even close again in a century. Accept your new reality.

VOLliven2it writes:

And I suppose this man Adams might Boo a cancer cure. We are just glad to have worked hard, won 4 in a row and be in a bowl anywhere. Why can't we just leave it at that instead of reminding us of some past bowl blunders? Way to go John. KNS, where did you get this guy?

RockyTop1_old writes:

Chicken Little...it's everywhere, it's everywhere... the sky is falling!! Why?? Tennessee just won out and is going to a bowl game to reward their hard work!

I can't be more proud of a team that came together over this year and won despite all that negative fans and sport writters articles that have written!

Bring it on...It's GREAT to be a TENNESSEE VOL!! GBO!!

Volunatic writes:

As a Vol fan that attended the Outback bowl after the '06 season, I will not disagree with Mr. Adams' assessment at all.

illinoisvolfan writes:

John Adams = buzz kill

TNVOLNTX writes:

in response to Realist:

After spending a few thousand to travel to each bowl game and every SEC Championship since 1997, some of us agree to this article. While I have never been an Adams fan, he tends to print some articles that need to be printed that no one else would. Besides Peyton getting snubbed, watching us get "peached" by Clemson and smacked in 2007 in Tampa were my worst Vol memories in the last two decades! I am expecting my fourth worst memory to be announced in the next few weeks with sanctions from the NCAA.

I'm a bit confused. What part needed to be said exactly? I give you credit for being a good Vols fan, but did you really need to enlist the help of John Adams to determine Winning:Good, Losing:Bad; Showing up:Good, Not showing up:Bad, Investing money and time to travel and watching team lay an egg:Bad, Seeing them play with pride:Good. Help me...where's the newsflash?

I travel to most home games and most bowl games, which with the exception of the Cotton Bowl a while back, ALWAYS requires a plane ticket, hotel, rental car, meals, etc. And every time I invest the money and we don't show up, it kind of leaves me with a sick feeling...but guess what, I didn't need John Adams to help me figure that out...all I needed for that was my Wells Fargo bank Statement.

Adams is an idiot and only he could tale something negative away from this past weekend.

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

Wow, Adams, nice negative take. Yes, a bowl game can go bad, especially when it's the 'downer' card for blowing your season's expectations earlier.

Duh.

Hell, man, you politicked for 3 years to have Phil canned. Now, you've got a guy (Dooley) who is at least getting us to a bowl when the season was going horribly; the kids finished on a high note.

Yet, THIS is your article??

Sometimes, maybe, respect the body of work of a group of men who frankly could have given up.

sleeveofwizard writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Reality Check:

1. Adams is not a Vol fan. He does not need to be. However, he feels that it is better copy when Tenn is down. That is why he was prominent in his efforts to turn the fan base against the most successful coach in school history.

2. No one on here has ever played a D1 or professional sport. No one has ever coached on a high level. Therefore, no one is qualified to know if a team played sluggish, etc etc. Just shut up, eat your BBQ and watch the game.

3. Tenn's wins came against teams that where collectively 17-43. And there are some that are dancing in the streets.

4. Memory lane. In 16 years, Phil won 75% of his games. All games. Almost 75% of his SEC games. He is still one of the all time leading winners in SEC HISTORY. He had 9 - 10 win seasons. He averaged 9.25 wins in mostly 11 game regular seasons. He went to 5 of 11 SEC title games. Under the pre expansion way of counting, he would have had 5 SEC Titles. He is still the last coach to win back to back SEC titles. The fanbase became spoiled as most never knew Tenn before 1992 and the Phil era.

Tenn will never have those type of numbers or even close again in a century. Accept your new reality.

Here's the reality check. Fulmer feasted on Vandy, KY, and the weak out of conference gimmes to pad his record. Yes he recruited well, but after the NC in 98 he fat and thought he was bigger than the program. That's why the heavy hitters ALLOWED Hamiliton to jettison his rather large posterior.
Have you ever seen the names of the coaches in the SEC during his tenure? The only name that had any credibility was.....you know the guy, SOS. He owned the great Pumpkin. The only reason he owned Bammer was because they couldn't find a credible coach. When names like Sabin, Richt, Miles, Tuberville, and Meyer came into the conference he was exposed. Plain and simple, Tennessee never won because of Fulmer, they won in spite of him.

I was at the Cotton bowl against K-State and that was the day I had seen enough. It's fans like yourself that where blinded by his good ole boy antics that help create the nightmare that we have been living with the football program. Dooley will turn this thing around. It took a good 10 years to get us in this mess, it will take at least 3 maybe 5 to turn it around. If, the Philistines will take a nap.

Mr_Brownstone writes:

sorry homies - but ja is right on target. i don't want my vols coming in all big headed like they have too many times in past bowl games.

FWBVol writes:

in response to nwcs:

I like Adams' articles. He tends to splash some cold water reality on fans who only want to read things they agree with.

I've lived here all my life and went to UT so I'm no fair weather fan. Even still, I can see that we are only bowl eligible due to a weak back end schedule. And in the last several bowls we haven't exactly put on a showcase performance.

So is it your contention that UT would have lost some or all of those games if we had played those teams in say September or October?

I'm sure I don't have to tell you that Vandy and Kentucky are SEC East opponents that we must play every year. Ole Miss is a rotation school from the SEC West and we just happened to be in that rotation. Ole Miss lost to Jacksonville State in the opening game of the season so it stands to reason we could have beaten the Rebels at any time.

I don't doubt your loyalty to the Vols, but I get so tired of people saying if we didn't play Vandy and Kentucky ever year in November blah, blah, blah. I say if we play them in November, September or July 4 there's a 99 percent chance we win those games.

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

in response to nwcs:

I like Adams' articles. He tends to splash some cold water reality on fans who only want to read things they agree with.

I've lived here all my life and went to UT so I'm no fair weather fan. Even still, I can see that we are only bowl eligible due to a weak back end schedule. And in the last several bowls we haven't exactly put on a showcase performance.

"we are only bowl eligible due to a weak back end schedule"

WADR,
no kidding; we only had 6 losses because we faced a brutal front-end sched.

Look, not many of us drink kool-aid. We know we aren't a terribly strong team. OTOH, we didnt' fold the tents and go home. In most games the past two years, we've competed hard.

Last season, I was TERRIBLY unhappy to draw VT ina game. I pretty much felt we would get clobbered. But, even in that game, we were within a D. Moore grab of at least being 'in the game'.

Still, I know where you are coming from: we tend to get 'over-placed' at times, mainly because we don't 'buy' the bowls we should be buying (by guaranteeing ticket sales). As I said earlier, a good ACC team is pretty much an SEC team in terms of style and talent, so they are tough, tough matchups.

nwcs writes:

>So is it your contention that UT would have lost some or all of those games if we had played those teams in say September or October?

What I'm saying is that we magically got better as the competition got weaker. Some of it is the team figuring things out but a lot of it is the opponent. I don't think it would matter whether we played Alabama and Oregon first or last, really. We would have lost anyway.

That said, the way the season is ending gives hope for next year. I hope we do have an impressive bowl victory. Any positive momentum is a good thing. I just don't get ahead of myself or place the team in the top 25 just yet...

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

only advantage of this mid tier bowl is the extra practice..Replacing Moore and Jones won't be easy..Traveled to the Outback in tampa against PSU and sat in the rain; while the vols walked thru the game like it was a practice..Very pitiful and showed no respect or pride for faithful fan base

Strap writes:

If Mr. Adams had started his article with the final paragraphs and made that his focus he would have been dead on. What is important about qualifing for a bowl game (especially for a young team that is improving every week) is the extra practice time with the coaches. A bowl win would be great, but that's just icing on the cake!

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

only advantage of this mid tier bowl is the extra practice..Replacing Moore and Jones won't be easy..Traveled to the Outback in tampa against PSU and sat in the rain; while the vols walked thru the game like it was a practice..Very pitiful and showed no respect or pride for faithful fan base

I always had the sense that our team was out partying while others took the games seriously.

Lot's of times we lacked character.

CDD is supposedly correcting that.

Gotta admit, I'll take a Nick Reveiz and his mistakes/lack of speed over some super-athlete who is too stoned or hung over to perform.

I'm getting older, I just don't give a damn for 'hot dogs' any more. I'll take a loss or too over clowning BS any damn day.

mytrifecta writes:

I dislike Adams as much as the next UT fan but I do agree with part of what he's saying. It's not enough to just get in a bowl game and show up. This team needs to end the season with a win which will propel them into next season and help recruiting.

CarlChilders writes:

John Adams. The voice of doom. Are we a little testy because the Bayou Bengals are out of the BCS?

volfaninutah writes:

in response to orangeblood8456:

twas the night before christmas and all was quite not a creature was stirring not even john adam's

Yeah there was a creature stirring.. it was John Adams stirring up $hit. Why can't we trade with the Chattanooga paper for one of their writers? Adams sounds like he lost commissions when Fulmer got canned. This guy never has anything good to say.

OldNumber7 writes:

in response to sleeveofwizard:

Here's the reality check. Fulmer feasted on Vandy, KY, and the weak out of conference gimmes to pad his record. Yes he recruited well, but after the NC in 98 he fat and thought he was bigger than the program. That's why the heavy hitters ALLOWED Hamiliton to jettison his rather large posterior.
Have you ever seen the names of the coaches in the SEC during his tenure? The only name that had any credibility was.....you know the guy, SOS. He owned the great Pumpkin. The only reason he owned Bammer was because they couldn't find a credible coach. When names like Sabin, Richt, Miles, Tuberville, and Meyer came into the conference he was exposed. Plain and simple, Tennessee never won because of Fulmer, they won in spite of him.

I was at the Cotton bowl against K-State and that was the day I had seen enough. It's fans like yourself that where blinded by his good ole boy antics that help create the nightmare that we have been living with the football program. Dooley will turn this thing around. It took a good 10 years to get us in this mess, it will take at least 3 maybe 5 to turn it around. If, the Philistines will take a nap.

I am with you 100%. Not only was Fulmer exposed when playing Spurrier, but any..ANY major program in a bowl and some mediocre ones: Penn State and Nebraska feasted on Phil, and so did Maryland and Clemson. And when you have Manning as your QB and a future Pro Bowl squad...how in heaven's name do you ever lose to Memphis? K-State was terrible. Once real coaches entered the SEC what many of us already knew from the bowl beatings came true.

I can't tell you how relived I was to see Dooley giving the business to his special teams coach after a muffed punt Saturday. No, he didn't chew gum real fast and clap...he reamed the assistant and made him accountable...that's coaching, that's leadership.

ACWLY writes:

ADAMS IS THE WORST SPORTS WRITER IN THE USA bar none! I said many years ago I would never read another Adams article, ever again, but when I saw the title to this article I thought to myself, this cant be as negative as his past trash, BUT IT WAS, same ole goof ball. I heard a UT coach say onetime that Adams and this other yoyo who's no longer around (must have found a real job) were UT's worst enemies. They make a living slapping UT in the face and obviously we can't do anything about it. I quit the paper and told em why but that didn't make any difference so I just refused to read any more of their TRASH but they are still here at least one of em is, I don't know what happened to the other goof ball, hadn't heard anything about him for last few years.

OrangeMike writes:

Why do people still go on about Fulmer. He took us to the top of college football. He couldn't keep us there, but few coaches can. Even Suburban and Satan lost their state championship games this year. Fulmer's gone and I thank him for the good things he did. I too hope that we do better in a bowl this year than we have in recent years against teams outside the Big 10, but I'll be happy we're playing regardless. We need to really work on the defense for next year, the offense at least seems headed in the right direction.

tnfanincali writes:

Wow. I just love reading JA articles if for no other reason than to read the comments. Yeah, he is pretty negative most of the time, but do we really want somebody who writes "the sky is full of rainbows" articles all the time. The timing of this article is dumb, and he knows this. He is, after all, trying to sell newspapers, not win a popularity contest. The reality of the situation is, after all, that Fulmer won a LOT of games in his tenure, and fell off towards the end of his career. Anybody who questions his loyalty to the University of Tennessee is a dumba**, while anybody who questions his ability to coach is probably right in the sense that he got lazy towards the end of his career. Winning 9+ games per season for a career in the SEC is amazing, especially for a 17 year tenure. I love these message boards but really? Some of you guys can be ridiculous at times!

lknvol writes:

Does anuone find it ironic that we could end up playing a team that Mikie paid $750,000 not to play next year? According to his way of thinking, we don't have a chance against NC. Wonder how much it will cost to keep us away from NC in the bowl games?

Mikie's $4 million surplus will go quickly. Hope he goes as well!!!

volboy81 writes:

leave it to this idiot "writer" to try and bring down a team that has struggled like crazy to get to 6-6 and to a bowl game! I sure hope he stays clear of the locker room before games! When is the KNS going to realize this guy is poison?

jdogg44 writes:

a trip to Weigel's can sometimes go bad... nuh uh!! really?

Ralph_Crampton writes:

Its kinda hard Vol fans to face up to the truth...up until recently, the Volunteers have played in more bowls of any team except Alabama. They were the first team to make a grand tour of all the major bowls in succesion...the Orange; The Rose; the Sugar and the Cotton. (Only four big ones then). The Vols for some reason were always generally a poorly conditioned team.. It seems they had little or no passion to play. In one Bowl game it was learned that the top players werehitting the nite clubs every night. The coach once he found out, suspended about half the team,mostly all seniors indefinately..which meant they did not play the bowl game the next day.. According to the late Tom Siler ( KNS Writer) wrote this may have been Tennessee's best team ever with all hands on deck. The Vols gutted by the suspensions without most of offensive players in the lineup...reserves and second teamers fought the No#3 team in the nation almost to a standstill losing by a single touchdown.. The suspended players were allowed back in school and got their diplomas.

volgrog#210164 writes:

How did this article become about Fulmer. He's gone whether you loved him or hated him. Get over it.

As to the subject at hand, bowl performance, I disagree with Adams. The key component of going to a bowl this year is the extra 15 practices that the team will get, regardless of the outcome. I would love for TN to have a winning record, but if the starters and subs for next year get a head start at the expense of winning the game, I really don't care if TN beats the bowl opponent or not.

Go4Two writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Reality Check:

1. Adams is not a Vol fan. He does not need to be. However, he feels that it is better copy when Tenn is down. That is why he was prominent in his efforts to turn the fan base against the most successful coach in school history.

2. No one on here has ever played a D1 or professional sport. No one has ever coached on a high level. Therefore, no one is qualified to know if a team played sluggish, etc etc. Just shut up, eat your BBQ and watch the game.

3. Tenn's wins came against teams that where collectively 17-43. And there are some that are dancing in the streets.

4. Memory lane. In 16 years, Phil won 75% of his games. All games. Almost 75% of his SEC games. He is still one of the all time leading winners in SEC HISTORY. He had 9 - 10 win seasons. He averaged 9.25 wins in mostly 11 game regular seasons. He went to 5 of 11 SEC title games. Under the pre expansion way of counting, he would have had 5 SEC Titles. He is still the last coach to win back to back SEC titles. The fanbase became spoiled as most never knew Tenn before 1992 and the Phil era.

Tenn will never have those type of numbers or even close again in a century. Accept your new reality.

Very True...The Xbox fans don't get it.

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