Are you as excited about the Vols in 2014 as you were for any of the previous five seasons?
At the urging of my old friend TK, Vols in the Fall is back up and running for the 2014 season. But it will be different than the previous version, which was a detailed chronicle and commentary of Tennessee Vols football during the single-season experiment of Lane Kiffin, and the failed three-year reign of Derek Dooley.
Each post will prompt a discussion, not present an expose of a game or a player or a coach. It will ask a question.
So this first post for the new season, as will be all future posts, is titled by a question.
The present question comes from my own ambivilance regarding the coming season (and a growing indifference for the game of football in general). This ambivalence is born from simply being burned out from writing nearly every day on the Vols for four years — four years that brought over-hyped expectation and gross underachievement: basically a slow destruction of a once-relevant program. Butch Jones was brought in to right a sinking ship (or exume an already sunken ship depending on your personal view). Although I believe Mr. Jones has begun to turn the direction toward redemption and W/L success, I believe that, great recruiting classes notwithstanding, it will take several seasons before Tennessee wins the SEC once again. The sustained strength of our conference over many years, a trend that is not going to change in the foreseeable future, has a lot to do with this protracted projection.
So back to the question…
My answer is an uneqivocal NO. But that could change at the drop of a hat (or a couple of big wins). And, my view shouldn’t change or influence your view. We all move from one phase of our life to the next, and do so sometimes out of sync with others. So, what do you have to say? Are you as excited about the Vols in 2014 as you were for any of the previous five seasons?
What say YOU?