The tumultuous season for the Tennessee Volunteers came to an end Saturday with a loss to Vanderbilt.
One word many Vols fans would use to describe this year in football. After a humiliating loss in Knoxville to in-state rival Vanderbilt, Tennessee has finished the 2017 season at 4-8 and 0-8 in SEC play for the first time since 1933. It was also the first eight-loss season in school history for the Volunteers.
Commodores score again and go up 42-17 with six minutes to go. Welcome to the lowest point in Tennessee football history
— FOX Sports Knoxville (@FOXSportsKnox) November 26, 2017
Tennessee has lost to Vanderbilt four out of the past six years. That is mind-boggling considering how dominant the Vols have been over Vandy historically. One could argue this is the worst Tennessee football team ever. One could also argue this is the lowest point for the program in its history.
It is simply shocking Tennessee is one season removed from a potential SEC Championship appearance. Had the Vols been able to defeat South Carolina and Vanderbilt last season, they are competing for the SEC title. This season, Tennessee finished dead last in the SEC.
Estimated attendance for Vanderbilt at UT: 50k to 55k. Smallest crowd I ever recall at Neyland stadium
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) November 25, 2017
Vols need a Leader
The good news is there is no where for Tennessee to go but up.
The Vols need a leader and they need one now. This begins with finding the right man to fill the head coach vacancy. A man who is a proven winner and who will bring a winning attitude to the program.
A high standard must be set. Expectations must be outlined. The Vols need to hire the man who will help resurrect the prestige of this program. Tennessee must find a guy that can be a true leader. A leader who will hold the players accountable in the classroom, the weight room and on the field. The leader must be a man of character who leads by example and disciplines himself in excellence.
Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano made a comment after the loss that displayed his leadership qualities.
#Vols QB Jarrett Guarantano: Guys are gonna completely buy in going forward. And if they don’t like that, they can leave.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) November 26, 2017
This is the attitude Tennessee football needs, and hopefully Guarantano can continue with this mindset heading into next season. Obviously, Tennessee will not be participating in a bowl game this year. The people within the program now have plenty of time to get things right in preparation for next season.
In the meantime, Vol nation will continue to dream about Tennessee becoming the once great power the were before.
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