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.