John Adams: UT can gain credibility by playing Oregon tough

John Adams
Oregon running back Remene Alston scores a touchdown against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. UT lost the game 48-13.

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Oregon running back Remene Alston scores a touchdown against Tennessee at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. UT lost the game 48-13.

Coaches cringe when you mention “moral victories.” You might as well say “good defeats.”

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no1djkb#278630 writes:

I understand where you are coming from but man have we gotten to that point? I guess so. If I was on the football team, I would try my best to put a whipping on Oregon. Who wants to be someone's whipping boy. Anyway I wonder if players read these blogs. I tell you what, every time I had a chance to hit the black mamba I would take it. Would not want to put him out of the game but would want to show him what Tennessee football is all about. Oh the quarterback is included as well.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to no1djkb#278630:

I understand where you are coming from but man have we gotten to that point? I guess so. If I was on the football team, I would try my best to put a whipping on Oregon. Who wants to be someone's whipping boy. Anyway I wonder if players read these blogs. I tell you what, every time I had a chance to hit the black mamba I would take it. Would not want to put him out of the game but would want to show him what Tennessee football is all about. Oh the quarterback is included as well.

Well, yeah, we ARE at that point. Not only are the Vols still digging out of a deep hole, the Ducks have clearly established themselves as one of the overall top five programs in the country. They do what they do, repeatedly, against darn near everybody. There may be four SEC teams right now who might be favored at home against Oregon, though that may be generous, but probably only one that might be favored at their place, and I'm not even sure who that would be.

I said in an earlier post that I thought the Vols would lose by at least four TDs. I agree with Adams that if the Vols keep it closer than that, it will draw favorable notice for the program. Winning every game just can't be the main yardstick by which Jones' rebuilding project should be measured at this point. I hope that the players and coaches will be hacked off if they lose at all, but I wouldn't think much of any fans who lose heart if they do. In a couple of years, the Vols might be even in a game like this, but that time is not yet. However, a respectable showing against Oregon will indicate that those times ARE COMING.

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