Tough road ahead doesn't deter Vol fans

Strong tradition of Tennessee football keeps Vol fans constant

It’s long been said around here that the fans of the University of Tennessee Volunteers are the most rabid in college football. It’s also been said that they’re the most fickle.

Since winning the National Championship in 1998, Vol fans don’t take kindly to losing. Sports radio, internet forums and neighbors talking over fences have called for the firing of this coach or that athletic director any time the Vols’ performance goes south. Everyone’s a Sunday morning quarterback.

This year, the Vols are facing a tough schedule with a new coach and some serious depth issues. You’d think the fans would be crying in their beers already. Their attitude, however, is pretty upbeat.

There are some that have on the orange-colored glasses and think Tennessee will go to a bowl game with eight or nine wins. Most are more realistic and predict a 6-6 or 7-5 season.

Though some see storm clouds on the horizon, the Volunteer spirit is alive and well with the Big Orange nation. Win or lose, Tennessee fans say they’ll stand behind this team and support new coach Derek Dooley as he restores the team to the lofty position they hold it in.

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Comments » 11

ncvol17 writes:


516milesfromUT writes:

I second that!!
"Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handy"

VolFanNC writes:

feel good article?

Smooth_as_Eggs writes:

One of the stupidest articles ever posted on this site.

vol_till_i_die writes:

the point of this issss? obviously tennessee fans are loyal, no need to post an article that made no sense.

RespectTradition writes:

I like my orange-colored glasses. And my kool-aid. I wear orange. Talk orange. Think orange. I will support the Orange, win, lose or draw.

That's just being a fan. Not sure its worth a story, though.

I think they should interview me the next time they want to write an article about what the fans thing. ;-))

Go Vols!

bah4vols#266620 writes:

Hey, I expect to win every friggin game we play.

SpiralBound writes:

Wow, no need for a recruiting update when you have quality pieces like this...

sitinhere writes:

I feel we are all much dumber by reading this article.

oskie_score writes:

Shucks, don't let 'em fool ya, even the kool aid drinkers know what's up.
Tough season ahead? You bet!
Count me in!

mikethehistorystudent writes:

in response to Driving_Ms_Dooley:

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A little FYI: It was Florida Atlantic. Their coach Howard Schnellenberger is one of the best in the country.
He has...
• Four national collegiate football championships (Alabama '61, '64, 65: Miami '83)
• Seven NFL playoff teams (Miami Dolphins '70, '71, '72, '76, '79; Los Angeles Rams '67, '69)
• Best record in NFL history as the Miami Dolphins' Offensive Coordinator (17-0 in '72)
• 1983 National Champions defeating Nebraska 31-30 in the 50th Anniversary Orange Bowl Game
• 1983 National Coach of the Year

I'm not contradicting you. We should beat UAB.

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