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To get the questions started, let's turn to some recent feedback from Twitter.
Twitter Question 1
I think a lot of Tennessee fans would agree with you. On the one hand, this is superb landing spot for Kiffin, who gets to rehabilitate his career with a talent-laded roster and one of the most respected head coaches in the game.
On the other hand, he's inheriting high expectations. He'll have to replace three-year starter AJ McCarron at quarterback. What if Alabama takes a step back in 2014? What if the Tide takes a big step back? Kiffin will -- fairly or unfairly -- get much of the blame. The reward may outweigh the risk, but if the offense falters, this could be yet another blemish on Kiffin's resume.
As for the Alabama-Tennessee game in October, it's hard to imagine the Vols have narrowed the talent gap enough in one year to win an upset. But stranger things have happened: Compare Auburn's performance against Alabama in 2012 to the legendary 2013 game.
Twitter Question 2
Why, yes. Read about it here.
Why is Tennessee's game, on April 12, about a week earlier than usual? I wondered the same until I checked the calendar. Easter falls on April 20 this year, meaning many teams will be moving their spring games a week earlier in 2014.
Twitter question 4
Since this question was asked, the Vols have added the 14 early enrollees, giving them an unofficial count of 67 players. That would leave 18 slots available to reach the NCAA-maximum of 85 slots. That would, in fact, be a 32-person class.
However, the 85-man overall limit won't be UT's biggest hurdle. The NCAA also limits teams to 25 signees per year, and that will be more challenging for UT.
We think that the Vols can "count back" six scholarships to the 2013 season, which would leave 25 more for 2014 -- a total of 31. However, we also think that UT could sign more than 31 and then use several strategies to count some of those players against the 2015 class.
Bottom line: UT lost enough players through attrition that the overall 85-man limit is not a major concern. There could also be other attrition between now and the summer to clear more space under the 85-man maximum.
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