John Adams: UT's upset-minded fans should have Georgia on their mind

John Adams
Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) is dragged down by Georgia linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Tennessee running back Rajion Neal (20) is dragged down by Georgia linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Not all Tennessee fans believe their team is doomed to a fourth consecutive losing season. Some actually foresee moderate improvement in the record as well as an upset of significance.

You can’t blame them. As awful as the Vols have been for the past three seasons, they have come tantalizingly close to upending nationally ranked opponents.

In 2010, former coach Derek Dooley’s first season, they lost to 12th-ranked LSU on the last play of the game.

Last year, they lost to fifth-ranked Georgia 51-44 and to 17th-ranked South Carolina 38-35 on the road. Both teams wound up in the top 10.

This season will offer plenty of upset opportunities.

Five of Tennessee’s opponents have been ranked in at least one preseason top 10. And all five should be solid favorites against the Vols.

But a solid favorite loses almost every weekend in this sport. Maybe it’s Tennessee’s turn to be on the right side of one of those upsets.

So let’s find the candidate most likely to cooperate.

It’s probably safe to eliminate Oregon. Not only will the third-ranked Ducks have the home-field advantage, the Vols will have to fly all the way across the country.

The Ducks won’t fly until they get the ball. Their up-tempo, spread offense could be a nightmare for an unproven defense.

Don’t bother looking for an upset in Tuscaloosa, Ala., either. The Tide is equipped to win a third consecutive national championship.

In fact, when you match up Alabama’s potent passing attack against a UT defense with a questionable pass rush and a vulnerable secondary, it’s reasonable to assume the Tide could ring up as many points as the Ducks.

Florida doesn’t look nearly as threatening. Its passing game is a work in progress, and if running back Matt Jones isn’t fully healthy, the offense could struggle further.

Florida’s defense shouldn’t struggle at all, though, especially against a UT offense lacking in playmakers. And by the way, the game is in The Swamp, which is no place for an upset against a team that has beaten the Vols eight consecutive times.

That narrows the upset possibilities to South Carolina and Georgia, both of whom will come to Neyland Stadium.

The schedule will give UT an advantage against both. It has an open date before South Carolina and plays South Alabama the week before Georgia, which will play LSU before the Vols.

But even if Tennessee catches the Gamecocks on an off day, you would expect coach Steve Spurrier to find a way to win. You shouldn’t be so sure about the Bulldogs, whose performances have ranged from unimpressive to embarrassing on their last two visits to Neyland Stadium.

Two years ago, they won by eight points. And in 2009, they were routed 45-19.

You might not be able to comprehend quarterback Aaron Murray losing to the Vols. He already has beaten them three times and is on the verge of joining Florida’s Danny Wuerffel in going 4-0 as a starter against Tennessee.

But you probably couldn’t have imagined former Georgia quarterback David Greene losing to the Vols in 2004 after beating them in three previous starts. Nonetheless, the Vols knocked off Greene and the third-ranked Bulldogs in Athens 19-14.

That’s history worth considering if you’re looking for an upset.

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BolivrBob writes:

We'll beat them both

MarbleCitySon writes:

It's a conversation worth having, I suppose. I'm sure DogDayThattimeofthemonth will have something clever to say, so let's preempt that venomous mouth vomit right now.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

I'm stoked for some SEC wins..

BolivrBob writes:

Anybody have the scoop on Riyahd Jones?

DawgDayAfternoon writes:

John,

If the Vols are looking for an upset, they would do best to look at Kentucky. Though the Cats will undoubtedly be favored, sources speculate they don't have a reserve wide receiver quite yet ready to take over at QB. With some luck, this game might allow Butchie Boy to avoid the ofer and the Vols to finish up with their usual 1-7 SEC record.

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

John,

If the Vols are looking for an upset, they would do best to look at Kentucky. Though the Cats will undoubtedly be favored, sources speculate they don't have a reserve wide receiver quite yet ready to take over at QB. With some luck, this game might allow Butchie Boy to avoid the ofer and the Vols to finish up with their usual 1-7 SEC record.

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Shake_Bake writes:

You failed to mention that Georgia lost almost everyone from their starting defense of last year! Also...I'm not convinced that the Gators are going to be all that good, sooner or later that streak has to end! But I'm really concerned about all the injuries our team is having to deal with. Why are we so banged up already?

Rock_E_Topp88 writes:

in response to MarbleCitySon:

It's a conversation worth having, I suppose. I'm sure DogDayThattimeofthemonth will have something clever to say, so let's preempt that venomous mouth vomit right now.

Marble...keep in mind that slimewad of which you speak is NOT a UGA fan. He is an imposter and the most disgusting POS troll to infect this site. I dare not mention his name. However, if you look up some recent posts by ReeseHallRelic you will see exactly who it is. Mentioning his vile name only gives him goosebumps and I am not about to do that.

GO VOLS.....12-0 baby!!! WooooooHooooooo

WaltGoVoIs writes:

"Not all Tennessee fans believe their team is doomed to a fourth consecutive losing season."

Strawman argument.

Walt

UT '81

WaltGoVoIs writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

John,

If the Vols are looking for an upset, they would do best to look at Kentucky. Though the Cats will undoubtedly be favored, sources speculate they don't have a reserve wide receiver quite yet ready to take over at QB. With some luck, this game might allow Butchie Boy to avoid the ofer and the Vols to finish up with their usual 1-7 SEC record.

Play on, playa.

Walt

UT'81

orange_eVOLution writes:

We beat the Gators in The Swamp in Spurrier's last season there.

A win there this year sounds GREAT!

vol98champ writes:

Last year I said that Georgia would have to turn the ball over at least 4 more times than us for us to win. Guess what? They did and we didn't. We will need help like that to win any of the 3 ranked "winnable" games.

GerryOP writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

John,

If the Vols are looking for an upset, they would do best to look at Kentucky. Though the Cats will undoubtedly be favored, sources speculate they don't have a reserve wide receiver quite yet ready to take over at QB. With some luck, this game might allow Butchie Boy to avoid the ofer and the Vols to finish up with their usual 1-7 SEC record.

Little Lost Boy, even John Adams has deserted you. You should probably head on home ... it's out past the second star to the right and straight on until morning. Say Hi! to Peter Pan and Tinkerbelle for us when you get there.

murrayvol writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I'm stoked for some SEC wins..

We all are BB. Haven't seen many lately.

murrayvol writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

John,

If the Vols are looking for an upset, they would do best to look at Kentucky. Though the Cats will undoubtedly be favored, sources speculate they don't have a reserve wide receiver quite yet ready to take over at QB. With some luck, this game might allow Butchie Boy to avoid the ofer and the Vols to finish up with their usual 1-7 SEC record.

Embarrassing. You'll have to back up for your check this week.

CoverOrange writes:

"Their up-tempo, spread offense could be a nightmare for an unproven defense."

There is evidence that JA is a bad writer. "Unproven" doesn't mean bad. An inexperienced defense, yeah, I'll agree, but it is possible they could prove to be an incredible defense although not likely.

Words have meaning. Writers should know better.

tennlions writes:

I have to say that I'm completely in with JA on this one. UGA looks like the lowest hanging fruit. I would prefer seeing the upset come at FLA but I think the inexperienced skill position players will need a little more experience. The Oregon to Florida Express should toughen them up.

onetruevol706 writes:

honestly any of those games COULD happen. no one knows what Oregon will look like without Kelly and its their first "big" game without him. UGA lost everyone from their defense who knows if they will be even decent. No real reason to believe UF can play offense or that that defense will be as good without Elam he cleaned up a lot of mistakes for them. And who knows what we have on Offense or D with capable coaching. Basically we are all guessing until kickoff. My guess UT beats UF and UGA or Oregon and UGA. No reason to believe otherwise until I see everyone play

gatorhator4eva writes:

in response to onetruevol706:

honestly any of those games COULD happen. no one knows what Oregon will look like without Kelly and its their first "big" game without him. UGA lost everyone from their defense who knows if they will be even decent. No real reason to believe UF can play offense or that that defense will be as good without Elam he cleaned up a lot of mistakes for them. And who knows what we have on Offense or D with capable coaching. Basically we are all guessing until kickoff. My guess UT beats UF and UGA or Oregon and UGA. No reason to believe otherwise until I see everyone play

i agree, i think that we are gonna surprise some people. i heard a little something about grey jerseys dubuting and my guess is that will be for the oregon game as oregon is famous for changing jerseys. butch jones is trying to bring excitement to this program, the college football matrix has predicted a closer then expected game between the vols and oregon and says an upset is entirely possible. if Tennessee is able to beat Oregon, and the following week Florida in Gainesville at the Swamp they would Immediately become a contender for the SEC East lead.

BadBrad writes:

I think Mr. Jones has gotten the team to act like and more importantly believe they are a team. Regardless of the season's end result, I expect this season to be something to actually look forward to...even come November. Don't write UT off as hopeless...remember Appie State?!

It is good to see the players want to play again. You can even see/hear it in the interviews. They are a family. This is the only thing that separates (and makes enjoyable) the NCAA from the NFL.

CCLC writes:

in response to BadBrad:

I think Mr. Jones has gotten the team to act like and more importantly believe they are a team. Regardless of the season's end result, I expect this season to be something to actually look forward to...even come November. Don't write UT off as hopeless...remember Appie State?!

It is good to see the players want to play again. You can even see/hear it in the interviews. They are a family. This is the only thing that separates (and makes enjoyable) the NCAA from the NFL.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

The Vol upset blueprint is fairly simple..Play good on defense,wire to wire and get turnovers; Convert all turnovers to points; Win the kicking/field position game; No more than 40 yards of penalities; 150+ yards rushing

CCLC writes:

in response to onetruevol706:

honestly any of those games COULD happen. no one knows what Oregon will look like without Kelly and its their first "big" game without him. UGA lost everyone from their defense who knows if they will be even decent. No real reason to believe UF can play offense or that that defense will be as good without Elam he cleaned up a lot of mistakes for them. And who knows what we have on Offense or D with capable coaching. Basically we are all guessing until kickoff. My guess UT beats UF and UGA or Oregon and UGA. No reason to believe otherwise until I see everyone play

If there is an upset brewing in the Vol's future I'd keep an eye on Western Kentucky. Petrino is gonna be harder to swap points with than Troy ever was.
just sayin'

CCLC writes:

in response to orange_eVOLution:

We beat the Gators in The Swamp in Spurrier's last season there.

A win there this year sounds GREAT!

That was in 2001 wasn't it? Spurrier's last year and Richt's first. That was a special year.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to Shake_Bake:

You failed to mention that Georgia lost almost everyone from their starting defense of last year! Also...I'm not convinced that the Gators are going to be all that good, sooner or later that streak has to end! But I'm really concerned about all the injuries our team is having to deal with. Why are we so banged up already?

Big reason GA has a winning streak going is the QB's are good and don't make mistakes and Richt is recruiting at such a high level. Also in years past the RB's have been pretty average. Now they have a 2 headed RB beast just like Bama has a 5 headed RB beast. On the plus side they lost 7 starters on defense but they won't be replaced by nobody freshman. IMO there is no way to replace Jones,Ogletree and CB Sanders Cummings. If I remember right the Vol game was where Ogletree returned to the line up and he changed the whole complexion of the game and defense. None of this matters if our defense doesn't do a total 360. Our secondary was awful against them. We were making a serious comeback until Murray hit Bennett with a TD pass with no Vol DB within 25 yards, Bennett could have hop scotched untouched to the end zone.

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

John,

If the Vols are looking for an upset, they would do best to look at Kentucky. Though the Cats will undoubtedly be favored, sources speculate they don't have a reserve wide receiver quite yet ready to take over at QB. With some luck, this game might allow Butchie Boy to avoid the ofer and the Vols to finish up with their usual 1-7 SEC record.

awwwww......guess this put a little tempest in your day.

get a life.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

I think the Oregon game could be interesting. Iam not sure how the heck you make a game plan for them on defense and losing Kelly will not hurt them at all. Stanford gave Jones the blueprint but this Mariota kid is close to being on the same level as Manziel. Sometimes though early in the season teams like this that are ranked so high and so full of themselves have games where everything just goes wrong and starts to unravel and the harder they try the worst it gets.

CCLC writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Big reason GA has a winning streak going is the QB's are good and don't make mistakes and Richt is recruiting at such a high level. Also in years past the RB's have been pretty average. Now they have a 2 headed RB beast just like Bama has a 5 headed RB beast. On the plus side they lost 7 starters on defense but they won't be replaced by nobody freshman. IMO there is no way to replace Jones,Ogletree and CB Sanders Cummings. If I remember right the Vol game was where Ogletree returned to the line up and he changed the whole complexion of the game and defense. None of this matters if our defense doesn't do a total 360. Our secondary was awful against them. We were making a serious comeback until Murray hit Bennett with a TD pass with no Vol DB within 25 yards, Bennett could have hop scotched untouched to the end zone.

" A year ago Georgia started the season with only 24 scholarship players on defense. Four players, including Rambo and Ogletree, had multi-game suspensions.

Right now Grantham has 38 players available if they all stay healthy until the opener with Clemson on Aug. 31.

And…

… in the last two seasons Georgia’s defense has forced 62 turnovers (second only to LSU in the SEC), while the Bulldogs have twice won the SEC East."

johnlg00 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

"Their up-tempo, spread offense could be a nightmare for an unproven defense."

There is evidence that JA is a bad writer. "Unproven" doesn't mean bad. An inexperienced defense, yeah, I'll agree, but it is possible they could prove to be an incredible defense although not likely.

Words have meaning. Writers should know better.

The word "could" introduces enough uncertainty that the thought is valid. The OU offense could be really good--or not; the Vol defense could be really bad--or not. Either alternative, or some other state or condition, might be true. No question in my mind that about the best one could say about the UT defense this year is that it is unproven, which as you suggest is NOT the same thing as "known to be bad". That is what we would have said about last year's defense.

GONAVY writes:

in response to BadBrad:

I think Mr. Jones has gotten the team to act like and more importantly believe they are a team. Regardless of the season's end result, I expect this season to be something to actually look forward to...even come November. Don't write UT off as hopeless...remember Appie State?!

It is good to see the players want to play again. You can even see/hear it in the interviews. They are a family. This is the only thing that separates (and makes enjoyable) the NCAA from the NFL.

well said...

johnlg00 writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Big reason GA has a winning streak going is the QB's are good and don't make mistakes and Richt is recruiting at such a high level. Also in years past the RB's have been pretty average. Now they have a 2 headed RB beast just like Bama has a 5 headed RB beast. On the plus side they lost 7 starters on defense but they won't be replaced by nobody freshman. IMO there is no way to replace Jones,Ogletree and CB Sanders Cummings. If I remember right the Vol game was where Ogletree returned to the line up and he changed the whole complexion of the game and defense. None of this matters if our defense doesn't do a total 360. Our secondary was awful against them. We were making a serious comeback until Murray hit Bennett with a TD pass with no Vol DB within 25 yards, Bennett could have hop scotched untouched to the end zone.

I hope our defense does a 180! Doing a 360 means you are spinning in a complete circle, winding up heading the way you were going at first. Lots of people make that error, but I surely get your main point.

lavette12389 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

"Their up-tempo, spread offense could be a nightmare for an unproven defense."

There is evidence that JA is a bad writer. "Unproven" doesn't mean bad. An inexperienced defense, yeah, I'll agree, but it is possible they could prove to be an incredible defense although not likely.

Words have meaning. Writers should know better.

i agree...there's no proof of anything so why write this unless giving both positive and negative options. first yr offense...sure...but don't forget it might be too fast for other teams???? Rajion, Devrin, and Pig have some top end speed...and who knows how good North might be in yr 1? Again 'who' knows...?

antonio14313 writes:

...and THAT'S why i say that we're RIGHT THERE when it comes to being a good/great football team! all those close losses. an inch or 2 here and there, one bounce of the ball our way, and...

go vols!!!

t

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to SAMA_BUCKS:

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Less heralded guys like Commings ;Shawn Williams and Ogletree had big impacts. Jones was a freak with his 14 sacks but truth be known Ogletree had far more tackles

tulelakevol writes:

Good vibes around the UT football program this time of year. Just like every year about this time, heck even gameday comes to town, and you are feeling good about your team. Then you realize what a disaster Sunseri is. This year has a different vibe though. Everybody says we suck, and for the most part, they are right. But look for some surprises this fall, pleasant surprises. Vols go bowling this year, and pick off a team we are supposed to lose too.

tulelakevol writes:

Also, Mr. Adams, I have been waiting on the article you will write talking about what Scott Frost did as a cornhusker to a Peyton led team in the Orange Bowl, and what current Scott Frost as offensive coordinator for Oregon will do to UT. In your trademark negative way of course, with some wit and sarcasm thrown in for good measure.

rbwtn writes:

Oh yeah I have Georgia on my mind in fact, I now live in Georgia from TN do you want me to tell you what it's like to wear my Orange T-shirt down here? Whatever you thought you are right and I love it!

Sunshine27 writes:

Butch Jones will get it done...just not this year. Our talent level is well below most of the SEC. Chances are slim we beat Georgia, Fla or S Car. No chance of beating Bama. Simply coached to well and superior talent and depth. Same with Oregon. We will battle with Vandy, Mizzou, and Kentucky.....BJ needs to get these guys battle game tested, experience is needed. A few turnovers here and there and we may steal a game we aren't suppose to win. I'm looking for a different attitude, a pride, a fight from this program that we haven't had for 5 or 6 years..starting under Fulmers last few years. A bowl game would be a great season.

Rock_E_Topp88 writes:

in response to CCLC:

If there is an upset brewing in the Vol's future I'd keep an eye on Western Kentucky. Petrino is gonna be harder to swap points with than Troy ever was.
just sayin'

Hey Bumstead...you better be worrying about your Pups being 1-3 to start the season. Yep..that's right. Lose to Clemson, Carolina, and LSU. However, they will squeak out a win against mighty North Texas or is that South Texas (like it would matter) LOL.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Speaking of Georgia, UT just landed that stud JUCO DL Lambert from that neck of the woods.

CCLC writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Speaking of Georgia, UT just landed that stud JUCO DL Lambert from that neck of the woods.

That was huge. Still.....long way from signing day. If he has any relatives or a girlfriend that needs a scholly he could still wind up at Ole Miss.
just sayin'

CCLC writes:

in response to Rock_E_Topp88:

Hey Bumstead...you better be worrying about your Pups being 1-3 to start the season. Yep..that's right. Lose to Clemson, Carolina, and LSU. However, they will squeak out a win against mighty North Texas or is that South Texas (like it would matter) LOL.

Well we still have to play the games right? And we still have to pay the light bill. It's been a struggle lately. Maybe we'll get lucky and end up in Atlanta..... again. We will do our best with what little we have. You've been an excellent example of endeavoring to persevere.
;-)

DawgDayAfternoon writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Speaking of Georgia, UT just landed that stud JUCO DL Lambert from that neck of the woods.

With the Dawgs landing a real stud, five star Lamont Gaillard, Richt decided to let Butchie have a marginal three star juco. The Dawgs are still blowing away Butchie Boy away, despite being selective and not stocking up on questionable talent early as has Butchie's MAC staff.

Roar For Four! http://espn.go.com/college-sports/foo...

ArnieFife (Inactive) writes:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

With the Dawgs landing a real stud, five star Lamont Gaillard, Richt decided to let Butchie have a marginal three star juco. The Dawgs are still blowing away Butchie Boy away, despite being selective and not stocking up on questionable talent early as has Butchie's MAC staff.

Roar For Four! http://espn.go.com/college-sports/foo...

Wait till they get on the field and then brag about it and this goes for the Vols and Dawgs. The last few years should have humbled both of us but it hasn't. I'm a UT fan and we don't have anything to brag about right now except the fact that we do have a BCS championship verses the Dawgs...oh wait they have none.

Rumblefish writes:

Reality is that we, as VOL fans, are going to have to give this coaching group TWO YEARS to see any improvement in the W/L column. This year's schedule is a beast, and with question marks at the skill positions...I don't see it being a very good year. Insert the incoming 2014 class...

We lose almost the entire offensive line, and have one hell of a recruiting class coming in. Don't see much improvement with 18 yr olds and an almost entirely new O-line.

Just my take on how patient we are going to have to be. Now, would anyone like Wednesday's Powerball #'s??? :)

ArnieFife (Inactive) writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Reality is that we, as VOL fans, are going to have to give this coaching group TWO YEARS to see any improvement in the W/L column. This year's schedule is a beast, and with question marks at the skill positions...I don't see it being a very good year. Insert the incoming 2014 class...

We lose almost the entire offensive line, and have one hell of a recruiting class coming in. Don't see much improvement with 18 yr olds and an almost entirely new O-line.

Just my take on how patient we are going to have to be. Now, would anyone like Wednesday's Powerball #'s??? :)

I agree completely.

CCLC writes:

in response to ArnieFife:

I agree completely.

Are you two sure you're Vol fans?.... cause the O line was very good last year and will likely be this year as well.
"1. The offensive line

It's pretty easy to spot a strength on Tennessee's offense for 2013, and it's the big guys up front. The group's credentials: four seniors, 123 combined career starts and a likely NFL first-round draft pick at left tackle.

Tackle Ja'Wuan James and guard Zach Fulton remained entrenched on the right side of the line, James Stone is locked in at center and rising junior Antonio "Tiny" Richardson is back for his second (and likely last) season at left tackle. The coaches must replace Dallas Thomas, but Marcus Jackson and Alex Bullard were nonstarters who played very regularly last season. It'll be an important spring for the Vols to develop younger players for 2014, when the line must reload.

With an impressive combination of experience and talent, Tennessee's offensive line must be an anchor for the Vols as they transition to a new coaching staff, and if the 2012 season was any indication -- Tennessee tailbacks averaged better than 4.5 yards per carry and allowed only eight sacks in Tyler Bray's 451 passes -- the front five will be up to that challenge."

I don't know which is worse... the Vol fan base's football acumen or the Vol D secondary.

Rumblefish writes:

in response to CCLC:

Are you two sure you're Vol fans?.... cause the O line was very good last year and will likely be this year as well.
"1. The offensive line

It's pretty easy to spot a strength on Tennessee's offense for 2013, and it's the big guys up front. The group's credentials: four seniors, 123 combined career starts and a likely NFL first-round draft pick at left tackle.

Tackle Ja'Wuan James and guard Zach Fulton remained entrenched on the right side of the line, James Stone is locked in at center and rising junior Antonio "Tiny" Richardson is back for his second (and likely last) season at left tackle. The coaches must replace Dallas Thomas, but Marcus Jackson and Alex Bullard were nonstarters who played very regularly last season. It'll be an important spring for the Vols to develop younger players for 2014, when the line must reload.

With an impressive combination of experience and talent, Tennessee's offensive line must be an anchor for the Vols as they transition to a new coaching staff, and if the 2012 season was any indication -- Tennessee tailbacks averaged better than 4.5 yards per carry and allowed only eight sacks in Tyler Bray's 451 passes -- the front five will be up to that challenge."

I don't know which is worse... the Vol fan base's football acumen or the Vol D secondary.

Well, look at what our record was with a great O-line and loads of offensive talent. Now, we still have a great O-line, and a fraction of the level of skill position players we used to have.

Then, we lose almost the entire line after this year, and have a ton of talented 18yr olds coming in. But, these 18yr olds are gonna need time (at least a year) to develop into SEC calibur players.

I'm just indicating that the fan base should be looking forward to an outstanding 2015 and beyond....not this year or next. What's so wrong/off about that assessment?

CCLC writes:

in response to NO_SIR_REE:

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"After Kiffin bolted, Tennessee hired the polar opposite from a personality standpoint and in doing so brought in a coach who was coming off a three year career as a head coach at Louisiana Tech. Derek Dooley was not only unqualified to lead a big-time SEC program, but he’d struggled at a mid-major (he was 17-20 at LA Tech and was 4-8 in his last season there). Expectations were high (of course), and he couldn’t meet them."

WaItGoVols writes:

in response to NINEwillstillbesofine:

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ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

This is getting old. UT won 5 games last year with the worst coach and the worst DC in the country. No way do we win only 5 games.

More likely 8 or 9.

Walt

UT '81

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