Now seems an appropriate time to reconsider the wonderful, awful difference in winning and losing.
Six weeks ago, Tennessee football fans were already in Atlanta in their minds, warming up for the Southeastern Conference championship game. It was their reward, an entitlement after enduring the bad years.
Spring assessment: “We’re really a bad football team. We have a long way to go, we really do. The passing game is terrible from an execution standpoint. The running game is nonexistent, and really, that’s about it. The kickers and punters are below average.”
Scrimmage summation: “We weren’t very good. We were poor in protections. We were poor in routes, we were poor in throws. The passing game didn’t look very good.”
The Title IX lawsuit against the University of Tennessee may bounce around in the courts for three or four years but the preliminary trial is already over.
The university, the athletic department in particular, has lost in the eyes and ears of the general public. The degree of presumed guilt varies. Those who know the least about the case think the transgressions are monumental.
Watch closely, my friends. This could be the crossroads of Butch Jones’ coaching career.
Observe the details this Saturday and make note of which way the Volunteers go. If this team recovers from the latest disappointment, smacks Georgia in the mouth and carries the fight to the Bulldogs for all four quarters, the season can be saved.
The late Al McGuire used “seashells and balloons” to describe good times. The way things are with Tennessee football, you can add rainbows and free ice cream.
Recruiting success remains the talk of the town. The new offensive coordinator is said to be a precise fit. Butch Jones is really comfortable. Everybody that matters is some degree of happy. New titles and raises helped.