It’s not good when they start pulling out the historical references to put your disappointing season in context.
A loss in the next two weeks would add another historically bad notch in the belt of the program’s recent struggles. Tennessee, its 49 bowl appearances third-most in the country behind only Alabama and Texas, last missed bowl games in consecutive years during a four-year stretch from 1974 to ’78. Those were Bill Battle’s final two and Johnny Majors’ first two seasons as coach, and Tennessee finished with a losing record only once during that drought.
The Vols are teetering on the brink of the program’s fifth losing season in the last eight years, and Tennessee last had three consecutive losing seasons in 1909-11.
That’s pretty sad. UT is a three-point ‘dog at Vandy tonight, by the way.