5 Big Things: Vols vs. Kentucky

Tennessee's defensive back Prentiss Waggner (23) returns an interception against NC State during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee's defensive back Prentiss Waggner (23) returns an interception against NC State during the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

1. With a Whimper: That's how the 2012 season ends for these old border rivals. The Bang ship sailed earlier this month for both the Vols and Wildcats. Who has the most motivation left in the tank?

2. Big Blue Bully: Since school started in September, the Wildcats have beaten Tennessee twice in volleyball, once in soccer, finished ahead of UT in men's and women's cross country and in a women's golf tournament. Tennessee remains a naval power, prevailing in a swim meet.

3. Body Count: A chilly day featuring two teams that have failed to win a single SEC game between them and gotten their respective coaches fired could produce the lowest attendance in the expanded Neyland Stadium era. Other than parents, who will travel from Kentucky? Tennessee fans have been expressing their disenchantment since October.

4. One-Year Wonder: Junior Cordarrelle Patterson is likely to join Chuck Webb (1989) as a one-year wonder in Tennessee lore. Patterson is the first NCAA player since 2008 to score touchdowns four different ways in a season (rushing, receiving, kickoff return, punt return). His next "Top Plays" entry after today is expected to be in the NFL.

5. The Streak: It's gone the way of The Beer Barrel. Enough said.

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FearTheVols1252 writes:

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In other news... dead horses continue to receive beatings.

He's gone dude... you got what you want. Quit whining all the time. Before long we'll have a new coach you can whine about.

volfan1202 writes:

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I totally agree.

Razor784 writes:

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Agree with most of what you said, i'm actually very glad that Dooley won't be in the stadium on our sideline, the guy's just a loser and makes everybody around him worse, good riddance!

PUL4VOLS writes:

I just don't get the GlennFF types. You no longer have Dooley to kick around so your going on and on is more a poor reflection on you than on him. The Tennessee Vols and a group of seniors who have endured a lot more than you have get one more chance to put on a good show in front of true UT fans. When you start whining about HC hire next, I hope many hit the remove button. Why don't you and FORMER Coach Fulmer go share some of your class? Dooley did not replace him or do you remember that? Dooley replaced the trainwreck now being enjoyed by the USC Trojans.
Finally, GO BIG ORANGE, begin a new era on a winning note and keep that note going. Pay no attention to the trolls behind the keyboard.

rootin4volz writes:

...And I worry NOT that we've become Vandy, but rather that we've become the Detroit Lions.

voloffaith writes:

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...And I worry NOT that we've become Vandy, but rather that we've become the Detroit Lions.

Watch out Dorothy a house may drop on you as the 'Sky is falling".........some just wouldn't be happy if everything went their way...........Now beat the kittens on Senior day and end on a positive note.......GO BIG ORANGE!!!

FWBVol writes:

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I've never met Derek Dooley, nor do I know anyone that has had first-hand dealings with him, so I can't honestly tell you whether he's a nice guy or not. I do know from stories I've read here and in other places that some players and coaches really like him, others or so-so about him and some guys don't like him.

The thing is you can look at any coach in any sport at any school or in any professional league and you will find players and assistants that love the coach, hate the coach and are so-so about the coach.

If Dooley was going to be on the sidelines for the Kentucky game you would be complaining just as you are complaining now. Derek Dooley chose not to be on the sidelines because he didn't want to be a distraction. Anyone that has ever played the game at any level can understand that.

Yes, I supported Derek Dooley right up until the Missouri loss because up until that time I thought he would get the job done. I've also admitted I was wrong.

The fact that there are only 13 seniors in this class, and about half of those guys haven't contributed much if any at all this year, shows how far behind the eight ball the program was when he took over. Yes, he should have done better with the talent on this year's team. And in retrospect, he was in over his head coaching at Tennessee, but I believe he did his best.

Now is the time for Tennessee fans everywhere to rally behind the program and throw all of our support behind this team and the efforts of Dave Hart in finding a new coach. Once that coach is in place, we need to throw 100 percent of ourselves into supporting the program.

You can't be for the team and against the coach, even if you think the coach is going to fail, because the coach is the head of the time.

TommyJack writes:

He lost my support after the KY game LAST year.

Orangeblood13 writes:

true that TJack

iowavol writes:

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Remaining remnant??? As pathetic as your post.

Looking forward to a new coach who can salvage and improve on the recruiting class. Looking forward to see what Worley can do given the chance. Looking forward to a big back to compliment our smaller backs who look better this year. Looking forward to having one of the best O-lines in the conference next year. Looking forward to next year and not having to read stupid posts like yours.

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