The recent history might not be all that memorable.
But for the six new faces on Derek Dooley's coaching staff with a broader view of the past, the tradition and potential at Tennessee clearly is still in the front of their minds.
Each of them, along with the three holdovers for the Vols, met with the media on Wednesday morning at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex. And in a practice facility lined with banners, the recent hires in particular had some handy supporting evidence as to why a job offer from the program still carries so much appeal.
"I’m excited, I’m really excited," new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri said. "I just know in the history of Tennessee, they’ve won a lot of SEC championships, they’ve won national championships.
"There’s great tradition here."
One after another, the guys now in charge of restoring it at UT made reference to what the schools has accomplished in the past and its place in the college football landscape.
And even given the rough stretch over the last few years and a 5-7 campaign that helped produce the job openings for Sunseri and five others, there doesn't appear to be much doubt that there are still plenty of believers out there who think the Vols can get back to that level.
"Well, this is Tennessee," offensive line coach Sam Pittman said. "It's pretty self-explanatory."
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