My feel-good Tennessee baseball column got snowed out Thursday night. Chris Burke will be saluted another day.
Plan B isn't as uplifting.
A couple of my media buddies have noted in the past 48 hours that the Vols are desperately short of SEC wins at the moment.
In any major sport.
Basketball is off to an 0-3 SEC start. Ole Miss won in Thompson-Boling Arena for the first time since George H.W. Bush was president. Losses at Alabama and Kentucky followed.
Football had eight tries to beat an SEC opponent and succeeded once. A 37-17 triumph over Kentucky was delivered on the final day of the season.
The third most-visible men's sport, baseball, closed out the 2012 season with eight consecutive SEC losses after beating Vanderbilt on May 4.
So, let's see, what's the count? How about 1-18.
In short, it's a challenging time to be a UT fan. Not that I'm telling you anything you didn't already know.
Dave Hart, working through his second year as UT's athletic director, promotes comprehensive excellence as the department's mission.
Aside from women's basketball, his marquee sports are falling short of excellence. Some more than others.
Cuonzo Martin's basketball team has the most immediate chance to induce cheers. Three of the next four games are at home, beginning with Mississippi State on Saturday.
Martin beat Hart to town by six months. Given the situation he inherited, his first season was a success, even though the Vols missed the NCAA tournament and bowed out too soon in the NIT.
This second season has been a disappointment so far. The biggest reason — Jeronne Maymon's absence — is beyond Martin's control.
Still, with 15 SEC games left, it's too early to render a verdict. February and especially March are the most important months in a basketball cycle.
Likewise, baseball rebooted shortly before Hart took the reins. Dave Serrano was a consensus home-run hire.
But he wasn't a miracle worker. His first team went 24-31 and 8-22 in SEC play. UT missed the tournament in Hoover for the fifth consecutive year.
Serrano has revamped his roster for Year Two. Based on last year's results, that's a good thing.
Unlike basketball and baseball, Hart actually got a hands-on opportunity to change football's fortunes. He replaced Derek Dooley with Butch Jones.
Jones' first five weeks on the job have revived hope. He's won every battle on the PR schedule.
Now he has to win recruiting battles. And, soon enough, the time comes to win games.