Vols' senior class arrived with optimism, but will leave with worst 4-year record in UT history

Senior class ends with worst four-year record

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Tennessee defensive lineman Marlon Walls, left, hugs coach Butch Jones during senior night ceremonies before playing Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium last Saturday.

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Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel Tennessee defensive lineman Marlon Walls, left, hugs coach Butch Jones during senior night ceremonies before playing Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium last Saturday.

Tennessee is no longer playing for a bowl game, and the most prominent motivation available in the record book is negative, rather than positive.

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Comments » 6

TommyJack writes:

I feel bad for these guys. Thanks Mike Hamilton and Doofus Dooley.

Ichabod writes:

Mike Hamilton single handedly RUINED UT ATHLETICS

FIRED Delmonico
FIRED Fulmer
HIRED Todd Raleigh
HIRED Lane Kiffin
HIRED Dooley (the worst abomination in college football history, bar none)
HIRED Bruce
FIRED Bruce
HIRED JJ Clark
MASSIVE cost overruns 5 years ago on Neyland rebuild topping $100k a day in the August before kickoff (never reported)
Left UTAD in the red, took his $ million and 6 SkyBox seats, and fled to Nashville.
You couldn't write a book..........

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Reading the recent Sports Illustrated made me sick to hear once again how much of an idiot Kiffboy was. Hamilton was a pathetic athletic director that fired a legend with a strong recruiting class coming in.
Bryce Petty stated he loved Coach Fulmer and Tennessee. He always wanted to play for both in the SEC. His recruiter said they would honor his scholarship but Kiffin had no regard for Petty. He then stated he wanted to play for a coach that believed in him and wanted him on the Vols team. Kiffin wanted neither and now Petty is leading the country in passing at Baylor.
A lot like Taj Boyd who the moron (Kiffin) said he would not fit in his offense.
Fulmer had 4 5- star recruits until the Hamilton cowardly move. How is that firing working out for UT now. We still don't have a quarterback and Petty and Boyd could have flushed the loser Bray, the quitter who threw the Kentucky game 2 years ago. If Butch loses Saturday or goes 4-8 next year he will be gone.
Hamilton destroyed athletics especially the cash cow football.

Dickattrade writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

Reading the recent Sports Illustrated made me sick to hear once again how much of an idiot Kiffboy was. Hamilton was a pathetic athletic director that fired a legend with a strong recruiting class coming in.
Bryce Petty stated he loved Coach Fulmer and Tennessee. He always wanted to play for both in the SEC. His recruiter said they would honor his scholarship but Kiffin had no regard for Petty. He then stated he wanted to play for a coach that believed in him and wanted him on the Vols team. Kiffin wanted neither and now Petty is leading the country in passing at Baylor.
A lot like Taj Boyd who the moron (Kiffin) said he would not fit in his offense.
Fulmer had 4 5- star recruits until the Hamilton cowardly move. How is that firing working out for UT now. We still don't have a quarterback and Petty and Boyd could have flushed the loser Bray, the quitter who threw the Kentucky game 2 years ago. If Butch loses Saturday or goes 4-8 next year he will be gone.
Hamilton destroyed athletics especially the cash cow football.

I agree with almost everything you say but with one vast exception;Butch Jones will not be gone if we lose to Kentucky. Stop and think about it 1420
19,How could we afford another payout to a fired coach and who would take the job?
At any rate we will beat the Wildcats.

psychovol2 writes:

If the seniors lose to KY they'll make history again with the first 8 loss season ever at UT. Have some pride fellows and don't keep setting the wrong kind of records. I would like to remember you fondly and as the class that started the rise back to prominence. GBO!

FlaVol2 writes:

Pull up your bootstraps Vols. This football season will soon be over. I am looking forward to next year and I believe in Butch! Go Vols!

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