Strange: November might not save the day for Vols

Mike Strange

September, as any Tennessee football historian knows, hasn’t always been the greatest month.

Derek Dooley’s team is hardly plowing new ground with a slow start.

An extra maxim has often been invoked around here:

They remember what you do in November.

All the way back in 1986, the defending SEC champions stumbled out 2-5, then won five in a row, including the Liberty Bowl.

Even the 0-6 fiasco in ’88 got turned around to 5-6.

Phillip Fulmer’s second team opened 1-3 in 1994. Then it went 7-1 the rest of the way.

The 2000 team was spinning its wheels at 2-3, then won six in a row and landed in the Cotton Bowl.

There was hand-wringing in 2007 when the Vols opened 1-2, giving up 45 points to Cal and 59 to Florida. Those hands were clapping when UT arrived in Atlanta for the SEC championship game.

So what if Dooley’s Vols had to scramble to beat UAB 32-29 in two overtimes Saturday? Back in July, didn’t 2-2 seem the likely result to take into October?

Yes.

Don’t young, inexperienced players generally improve as they become battle-hardened?

Yes.

But 2010 might be an exception. It could play out that not even November saves this team.

This we know: October is going to be brutal, with visits to LSU, Georgia and South Carolina. The lights in Neyland Stadium come on only once, for Alabama.

Furthermore, the Vols were so inept in so many areas Saturday that even a November of Memphis, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Vanderbilt looks more like a series of dogfights than the traditional victory parade.

The biggest obstacle, however, is right here in Knoxville.

Or, rather, it’s the players who aren’t right here in Knoxville any more.

Attrition has left the Vols so short-handed it’s going to be a challenge for the coaching staff to mold the necessary improvement.

None of those strong-finishing UT squads mentioned above were playing with 15 to 20 fewer scholarship players than the teams they lined up against on Saturdays.

Injuries are poison to a thin roster and UT is already feeling the pain. The last thing offensive linemen Cody Pope and JerQuari Schofield needed were early season injuries robbing them of invaluable game experience.

“It does affect you when you have to move people around,’’ Dooley said Sunday night. “It slows you down.

“And my biggest concern is the number of plays these guys are getting. Janzen Jackson and Prentiss Waggner played 96 snaps (against UAB). When you play 96 snaps, it’s hard to play great football.’’

Teams improve on the practice field, too. At least that’s how it should work.

But the Vols don’t have enough bodies to field a first and second unit, plus a decent scout team to practice against.

Dooley cancelled today’s practice to give the squad 48 hours for physical recovery after four consecutive games. He’s also debating the merits of a no-contact, NFL-style practice.

That’s a problem, though.

“The NFL is less player development and more game-planning,’’ he said. “We’ve got to teach guys how to block and tackle and it’s hard to do without a lot of numbers.’’

The numbers might get worse before they get better. Given the October ahead, there will be blood.

Before you tear up your season tickets, keep in mind that some teams do overcome adversity. It’s too early to write off 2010.

“I never try to evaluate a schedule,’’ Dooley said. “Every time you do, you miss the boat.

“Now, I say, ‘Who do we have next? Let’s go do what we can to win.’ ’’

It’s just that with so few bodies — and the constant threat of more injuries — there’s less he can do to go win than those UT teams in the past.

Mike Strange may be reached at strangem@knoxnews.com or 865-342-6276.

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spacehistorian writes:

It will be a tough October but football is America's game because you never know what will happen on any given Saturday. If Dooley & his staff find a way to get these kids to 6-6 he will have done a remarkable job as the Vols have a lot of deficiencies as enumerated in the column. Rebuilding takes time & patience & I hope Big Orange Nation gives CDD & his staff to recruit a few classes & coach up the kids already in the fold. I remember when Johnny Majors left Pittsburgh after winning a National Championship with the Panthers. He was hailed as the conquering hero returning home to take the Vols back to glory. That first year was tough at 4-7 & it took a few years to become competitive in the SEC & on the national stage again. In our modern 24/7 ESPN driven hypermedia which demands instant results will Dooley get the same kind of consideration to rebuild the Vols as Majors did way back in the late 70's. Time will tell.

mdvol writes:

Nothing we don't already know here, Strange.

Slow start? We're 2-2. Same as last year. Let me mention some teams that don't have 2 wins....GEORGIA, Notre Dame, Pitt, North Carolina, BYU. Oh, and the Dallas Cowboys!

Stop dwelling on who is not here and focus on the guys that are going to play.

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset Alabama in Neyland.
Tear down the goal posts and carry Dooley off the field.

volll1 writes:

in response to spacehistorian:

It will be a tough October but football is America's game because you never know what will happen on any given Saturday. If Dooley & his staff find a way to get these kids to 6-6 he will have done a remarkable job as the Vols have a lot of deficiencies as enumerated in the column. Rebuilding takes time & patience & I hope Big Orange Nation gives CDD & his staff to recruit a few classes & coach up the kids already in the fold. I remember when Johnny Majors left Pittsburgh after winning a National Championship with the Panthers. He was hailed as the conquering hero returning home to take the Vols back to glory. That first year was tough at 4-7 & it took a few years to become competitive in the SEC & on the national stage again. In our modern 24/7 ESPN driven hypermedia which demands instant results will Dooley get the same kind of consideration to rebuild the Vols as Majors did way back in the late 70's. Time will tell.

Well said

brauhuff#295403 (Inactive) writes:

I agree with Mike Strange. It is hard to find 4 more winnable games out there but I hope we can. Memphis, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Georgia and Mississippi are toss ups except maybe Memphis. You are dreaming if you believe we have any chance at LSU and South Carolina. And if you believe we can beat Alabama this year you will probably tell me you seen Elvis at Neyland Stadium as well.

dwa7#337691 writes:

early predict...........sorry.......
L S WHO 30
UT 16

wags32 writes:

in response to mdvol:

Nothing we don't already know here, Strange.

Slow start? We're 2-2. Same as last year. Let me mention some teams that don't have 2 wins....GEORGIA, Notre Dame, Pitt, North Carolina, BYU. Oh, and the Dallas Cowboys!

Stop dwelling on who is not here and focus on the guys that are going to play.

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset Alabama in Neyland.
Tear down the goal posts and carry Dooley off the field.

LOL!!

GreerVol22 writes:

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.
-Kenny Powers

volpreacher writes:

in response to mdvol:

Nothing we don't already know here, Strange.

Slow start? We're 2-2. Same as last year. Let me mention some teams that don't have 2 wins....GEORGIA, Notre Dame, Pitt, North Carolina, BYU. Oh, and the Dallas Cowboys!

Stop dwelling on who is not here and focus on the guys that are going to play.

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset Alabama in Neyland.
Tear down the goal posts and carry Dooley off the field.

I'm with you.

TommyJack writes:

Duke: Being an ahole is one thing. Being a chronic ahole is another.

Volencheaters writes:

in response to mdvol:

Nothing we don't already know here, Strange.

Slow start? We're 2-2. Same as last year. Let me mention some teams that don't have 2 wins....GEORGIA, Notre Dame, Pitt, North Carolina, BYU. Oh, and the Dallas Cowboys!

Stop dwelling on who is not here and focus on the guys that are going to play.

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset Alabama in Neyland.
Tear down the goal posts and carry Dooley off the field.

Well Dallas does have a pretty tough schedule and also the fact they have played one less game than UT. They have a sweet stadium though, makes all the recruits wanna go there.

orangecountyvols writes:

Mike,

You may be right. Even so, is it the end of the world??? Isn't all this a lot like what you and Adams were predicting back in the late spring and pre fall practice? Along those same lines, please don't hang out with Adams too much this week. You know it's LSU week and he'll be having pep rallies over at his house. Don't forget to bring some purple and gold attire.

Seriously, let's not confuse this team with what we wish it would be. They will fight, and perhaps this week will carry that fight throughout the game, as long as the depth issue will allow.

There are all sorts of posters here, so go with the positive thinking if we can. Ignore the trolls. They actually have bigger problems than our football team..
they live for something to rag us about and that's what makes their day. After the UAB game, probably not too many trolls made their way to the field to tell the team what they thought. They only tell us.

Go Vols and we'll see what happens.

SoddyVol writes:

With the new offensive line, its more imperative the Vols win the coin toss in these tough games. Their luck hasn't been good so far. I was sweating when UAB won the toss to start overtime and even more so when Vols settled for a field goal. Then I felt a Vol win coming when UAB got only a FG & had to go first in 2nd overtime.

speedkillz17 writes:

When I heard "there will be blood." all I could think of was that line from the Saw movies.

NoSirRee writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.
-Kenny Powers

If we were on an island, with no weights and no running drills, who would be on top then? The guy with the talent...

gillblog writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.
-Kenny Powers

Ahem. I don't think I have ever heard of Kenny Powers.

Nonetheless, a guy named Jimmy Johnson recently said to a national audience, 'fundementals make or brake a team.'

nepperso#220348 writes:

From here on out, three possibilities: Win em all, lose em all, win some lose some. I think they win some lose some and come through the finish line somewhere around .500. UT is at the bottom, and there is nowhere to go but up. I'm just glad we're not Georgia, whose journey to the bottom of the SEC is in its infancy.

KFDLaw writes:

I think Coach Dooley is doing the best he can with what he has left to work with after the Kiffin exits. Most of our team was in high school this time last year. College ball is a lot faster than high school ball. Our team has played some very decent first quarters, but they seem to lack the skills and experience to keep up during rest of the game. Missed tackles and blocking assignments, players out of position, dropped passes are all indicators of an inexperienced team that has not quite figured it out yet. They will get better, but we need to be patient. The next four teams we play are three deep at every position, and we have trouble being one deep due to injuries.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

As a Vol and Braves fan...nah, this ain't the most fun one could have.

How I do miss the Ted Turner days.

alavol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Duke: Being an ahole is one thing. Being a chronic ahole is another.

well said, TJ. Once an a--hole, always an a--hole! radio allows the actual word to be used, why not kns?

berryballer writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.
-Kenny Powers

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VolinCT writes:

in response to mdvol:

Nothing we don't already know here, Strange.

Slow start? We're 2-2. Same as last year. Let me mention some teams that don't have 2 wins....GEORGIA, Notre Dame, Pitt, North Carolina, BYU. Oh, and the Dallas Cowboys!

Stop dwelling on who is not here and focus on the guys that are going to play.

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset Alabama in Neyland.
Tear down the goal posts and carry Dooley off the field.

You are delusional

99gator writes:

in response to mdvol:

Nothing we don't already know here, Strange.

Slow start? We're 2-2. Same as last year. Let me mention some teams that don't have 2 wins....GEORGIA, Notre Dame, Pitt, North Carolina, BYU. Oh, and the Dallas Cowboys!

Stop dwelling on who is not here and focus on the guys that are going to play.

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset Alabama in Neyland.
Tear down the goal posts and carry Dooley off the field.

"nothing we don't already know".....

then, later.....

"we are going to surprise some damn people. we will upset alabama in neyland."

did you read the article? there won't be that signature win or great moment to remember the season by.

this is something i pointed out before the season. now, it's gotten worse.

i believed tennessee would not have enough quality players to have good practices. now, they don't have enough players, period.

some of y'all need to wake up.

dgcarter43 writes:

I said at the beginning of the season that, if the Vols could stay healthy, they could go 6-6. With the key injuries they have, 5-7 or 4-8 is a more likely outcome. CDD has a daunting task ahead of him, however, if he can keep the staff intact, in 2 more years we should be looking at a 9-10 win season.

jcthevol writes:

Wow...thanks Mr. Strange...I don't have to watch anymore of the games. You already figured it out. LET THE SEASON PLAY OUT YOU MORON!!!!

OTPVol writes:

Over? Over?! Nothing is over! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Sorry guys, we ain't took the field yet, the scoreboard is going to say 0 - 0 at the first of every game. These are my/our Vols and I expect a win every time we go out there. Looking at what remains, I see a possible 8 - 0. Realistic or not, this is my team, we are in transition, but my blood will always run Orange. GBO!!!

scvols writes:

Listen, we are really bad, maybe not as bad as Vandy, but bad. We have no depth on the OL and DL. LSU, SC, GA, and AL have recruited very well and will beat us. OM, KY, and Vandy will be a toss up. I do feel we can go 6-6 and make it to a bowl, but it will be close.

Bellem13 writes:

My University, my BIG Orange!

All UT VOL fans should show the most support when our teams need it the most.

Coach DD needs our support at its best.

I was there Sat. I support our team, they need me, and you. We have a Great Institution. Love it or leave!

NorthwestVol writes:

Living in the Northwest I've watched a lot of bad football (I'm an alum of Idaho, the wife is an alum of Washington State. Two historically pitiful football programs). Trust me, while it's very true the Vols are not very good right now, it can get a lot worse.

Hoping for the best.

orangecountyvols writes:

OPTVOL,

You know it wasn't Germany that did what happened to us at Pearl.

Anyway, remember this Vols, we know what the situation is and what has and might yet happen. The trolls on board like Dukedelusional, 99gator, the Coon guy, etc.............all are just trolls. No troll can tell one Vol football player to his face all their ramblings.

This to you trolls..........you want to sound like the tough guys, the know-it-all idiots HERE. What is amusing is that none of you would or will ever face the first Tennessee coach and/or player and tell them any of your "stuff" face to face.

So for the real Vol fans, we know what the situation is. Do we like it? Of course not.........but don't let the trolls get under your skin. They are losers in life to be thinking what they do here on this site actually means anything relevant. Remember.........
recognize who the trolls are, ignore them, scroll on down to those who support Tennessee during this time.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to DC_BackByPopularDemand:

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Florida hasn't played anybody. Things will be very different in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Meyer might be designing a 5-2 front to stop Ingram and Richardson, but that leaves Julio, Hanks, and others uncovered. Law of mathmatics, put numbers on one area, you leave another without. Florida doesn't like a pounding and that's what they will get. Heck, Pouncey can't make a snap this year; wait until he has a Bama lineman waiting to crash over him. Demps hurt his foot and may not be able to play. Tide by two TDs.

finn writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Why do you waste your time reading about UT football? The only facet of UT football you seem to support is it's former coach. For fans actually interested in the team, you are incredibly annoying and your right to an opinion and the freedom to voice that opinion is not license to be a total d-bag. If you have anything constructive to say, your thoughts are welcome. If you insist on acting like a petulant child, remember what your momma said about 'if you don't have anything good to say....'

TommyJack writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

Florida hasn't played anybody. Things will be very different in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. Meyer might be designing a 5-2 front to stop Ingram and Richardson, but that leaves Julio, Hanks, and others uncovered. Law of mathmatics, put numbers on one area, you leave another without. Florida doesn't like a pounding and that's what they will get. Heck, Pouncey can't make a snap this year; wait until he has a Bama lineman waiting to crash over him. Demps hurt his foot and may not be able to play. Tide by two TDs.

Bama could be lookin ahead to Ga STATE.

baldingalum writes:

We are definitely struggling but why is there no commentary on how bad the SEC is this year? Alabama is a top 5 team and there is no one else.

Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Kentucky are all really bad. Guess what? That's half the conference! Florida is down for Florida. Auburn barely beats an also-ran ACC school then beats overrated South Carolina. L.S.U. plays two nationally televised embarassing games. UNC plays them without 11 starters and should have won. WVU with virtually no one hangs with them the whole game.

Tennessee is definitely struggling but this is as weak an SEC year as I've seen in a long time. Don't overhype the schedule

RDW writes:

in response to OTPVol:

Over? Over?! Nothing is over! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Sorry guys, we ain't took the field yet, the scoreboard is going to say 0 - 0 at the first of every game. These are my/our Vols and I expect a win every time we go out there. Looking at what remains, I see a possible 8 - 0. Realistic or not, this is my team, we are in transition, but my blood will always run Orange. GBO!!!

When the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?? Hope you know more about football than you do about history.

GreerVol22 writes:

in response to gillblog:

Ahem. I don't think I have ever heard of Kenny Powers.

Nonetheless, a guy named Jimmy Johnson recently said to a national audience, 'fundementals make or brake a team.'

gill, Kenny Powers is a fictional baseball pitcher on HBO. just funnin around but my point is yes, fundamentals are necessary to compete, but talent is necessary to win. When we begin to substitute linemen, we see the later drops off rapidly. Patience is the biggest obsticle for Vols fans now.

Mommasboy writes:

in response to OTPVol:

Over? Over?! Nothing is over! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Sorry guys, we ain't took the field yet, the scoreboard is going to say 0 - 0 at the first of every game. These are my/our Vols and I expect a win every time we go out there. Looking at what remains, I see a possible 8 - 0. Realistic or not, this is my team, we are in transition, but my blood will always run Orange. GBO!!!

I sure hope you didn't go to UT...Germany did not bomb Pearl Harbor. Your possible 8-0 is rediculous...but if thinking that makes you happy.. My blood runs orange and I think 6-6 would be an incredbile finish. 5-7 sounds realistic

Mommasboy writes:

in response to baldingalum:

We are definitely struggling but why is there no commentary on how bad the SEC is this year? Alabama is a top 5 team and there is no one else.

Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Kentucky are all really bad. Guess what? That's half the conference! Florida is down for Florida. Auburn barely beats an also-ran ACC school then beats overrated South Carolina. L.S.U. plays two nationally televised embarassing games. UNC plays them without 11 starters and should have won. WVU with virtually no one hangs with them the whole game.

Tennessee is definitely struggling but this is as weak an SEC year as I've seen in a long time. Don't overhype the schedule

"We are definitely struggling but why is there no commentary on how bad the SEC is this year? Alabama is a top 5 team and there is no one else."

Hmm...Where do I start? Have you not researched? I think people aren't talking about this probably because there is no merit to your argument.

There are currently 6 SEC teams in the AP top 25 and 3 in the top 10. At the end of 2008 and 2009, the SEC had 4 AP top 25 teams and 2 top 10 teams. So if anything, the SEC is up this year in terms of quality teams.

How do you know Florida is down? No one has come within 2 TD's of beating them. They just crushed KY by 34 and are ranked 7th after losing Tebow and half their team? I wouldn't consider being undefeated and ranked 7th being "down". Would you? Going 4-8 ar 5-7 is what I call being down. As much as I hate it, UF is reloading and is still a top 10 team. Kinda scary..

Auburn is another very solid SEC team as well as Arkansas and South Carolina. What makes you think SC is overrated? Cam Newton at Auburn is a specimen and beat the gamecocks in a tough game at Auburn. What other conference has 6 top 25 teams and 3 top 10 teams? The SEC also has the best team in the country AGAIN.

Who cares if somebody almost beat somebody? Cincinnati almost beat OK...LSU barely beat UNC. They still won. It's called college football and there are always close games. At the end of the day, all that matters is a Win. Please enlighten me with how you think the SEC is so down this year?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Yeah, that "Animal House" quote trips up a few every year. BTW, is it possible the other John Belushi movie you were thinking about was "1941"? It was a send-up of a true incident of West Coast hysteria just after Pearl Harbor, in which US armed forces were put on high alert after a rumored spotting of Japanese aircraft. Fighters were scrambled and anti-aircraft fire filled the sky, with many improperly-fused shells falling--and some exploding--in and around Los Angeles, though no actual Japanese were anywhere around.

"1984" is the title of the George Orwell cautionary tale about a totalitarian dictatorship. The only movie I know of that has been made from it was only fair, IMHO, and definitely did not star John Belushi.

OTPVol writes:

I guess Animal House never came out on Beta Max huh?

hikerdude writes:

4-8. From here on out,we beat only Vandy and Memphis. BUT, we have to be patient. Its going to take five years to recruit the talent necessary to compete with the good teams in the SEC.

OTPVol writes:

And my predictions (which are free just like everyone else's), I think the Tides roughest game is going to be against Auburn the way they are going. The East is pretty weak all in all this year. The big game for the East will wind up being South Carolina and Florida both wwith one loss at that point. Talk about having no idea who to root for... Reminds me of the Bama bumper sticker I saw on SI the other day... "If I'm Wearing A Turban, It Means Auburn Is Playing Iraq."

Mommasboy writes:

in response to OTPVol:

And my predictions (which are free just like everyone else's), I think the Tides roughest game is going to be against Auburn the way they are going. The East is pretty weak all in all this year. The big game for the East will wind up being South Carolina and Florida both wwith one loss at that point. Talk about having no idea who to root for... Reminds me of the Bama bumper sticker I saw on SI the other day... "If I'm Wearing A Turban, It Means Auburn Is Playing Iraq."

The SEC east is down, but the west is up. You gotta root for the evil genius against Oscar Meyer.

mdvol writes:

in response to NorthwestVol:

Living in the Northwest I've watched a lot of bad football (I'm an alum of Idaho, the wife is an alum of Washington State. Two historically pitiful football programs). Trust me, while it's very true the Vols are not very good right now, it can get a lot worse.

Hoping for the best.

Hey NW Vol...
On a personal note....
My wife is from Lewiston ID. We go back each summer and I love to drive thru Moscow and Pullman when we drive to Spokane. Idaho is my adopted West team and a as for the Cougs....I just feel sorry for them. Nice campuses. Kibbie dome plays to basketball and football I hear. Interesting you and your wife got together from two rival schools 6 miles apart! Go Vandals!

baldingalum writes:

in response to Mommasboy:

"We are definitely struggling but why is there no commentary on how bad the SEC is this year? Alabama is a top 5 team and there is no one else."

Hmm...Where do I start? Have you not researched? I think people aren't talking about this probably because there is no merit to your argument.

There are currently 6 SEC teams in the AP top 25 and 3 in the top 10. At the end of 2008 and 2009, the SEC had 4 AP top 25 teams and 2 top 10 teams. So if anything, the SEC is up this year in terms of quality teams.

How do you know Florida is down? No one has come within 2 TD's of beating them. They just crushed KY by 34 and are ranked 7th after losing Tebow and half their team? I wouldn't consider being undefeated and ranked 7th being "down". Would you? Going 4-8 ar 5-7 is what I call being down. As much as I hate it, UF is reloading and is still a top 10 team. Kinda scary..

Auburn is another very solid SEC team as well as Arkansas and South Carolina. What makes you think SC is overrated? Cam Newton at Auburn is a specimen and beat the gamecocks in a tough game at Auburn. What other conference has 6 top 25 teams and 3 top 10 teams? The SEC also has the best team in the country AGAIN.

Who cares if somebody almost beat somebody? Cincinnati almost beat OK...LSU barely beat UNC. They still won. It's called college football and there are always close games. At the end of the day, all that matters is a Win. Please enlighten me with how you think the SEC is so down this year?

I don't care where teams are ranked at the beginning of the year. What happens over the course of the year is all the matters. I will tell you right now that at year's end there will be 1, maybe 2 SEC teams in the top 10. And at the most 4 teams in the top 25, much of that due to the success of previous years and not based on merit. Specifically...

1. Half of our conference is really bad. It has been some time since that was the case. At least half.

2. I unfortunately saw the Oregon game live and then Florida. The difference in those two teams was signficant. Team speed on both sides of the ball was better with Oregon. Even Florida is saying Florida is down. Now I agree that needs to be calibrated but, it is what it is.

3. Clemson is not a good ACC team. I'd say the ACC is the fourth or fifth best conference. Auburn was completely unimpressive in that game. They didn't look good against South Carolina.

4. South Carolina is supposedly good because they beat Georgia? They have quarterback problems, an impatient coach who peaked 15 years ago.

5. LSU has been in decline since Myles arrived. You can't dismiss the UNC game. UNC was without both starting running backs, their stud wide receiver and their best players on defense - 3 of whom are projected to go in the first round. To put it in Tennessee speak, I read all this belly aching about us being short of players. They played without 11 starters! Did you see the game? They completely outplayed LSU as the game went on.

CrankE writes:

As bad as you think things are, they're probably worse. We're just going to have to ride this one out. We will find out who the true Volunteers are.

The root of this goes to the lack of a strong President who is a Tennessee guy/gal. Until that gets fixed, the tailspin will continue.

Loud_Proud writes:

in response to OTPVol:

Over? Over?! Nothing is over! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Sorry guys, we ain't took the field yet, the scoreboard is going to say 0 - 0 at the first of every game. These are my/our Vols and I expect a win every time we go out there. Looking at what remains, I see a possible 8 - 0. Realistic or not, this is my team, we are in transition, but my blood will always run Orange. GBO!!!

A. M. E. N brother! If there was more people thinking like you and i, well hell, our team might actually have a fan base.

99gator writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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It won't be pretty the rest of the year

JACK8254 writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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You speak the truth. How can we judge Dooley with this team. I doubt if the General himself could win big games with this talent-deficient ( but game) group of players. This is looking more like a 3-4 year project with each game. This should have never happened and that is what upsets me. The errors made are staggering and long lasting and expensive.

joe721 writes:

I'm still shocked that our players were celebrating so much after barely beating UAB. That right there says a lot about where our program is. Personally, I'm not looking forward to October. Or November.

cloudodust writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Bama could be lookin ahead to Ga STATE.

Which will be dubbed The Brick Bowl

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