The best thing Josh Heupel has going for him?

Why, the recent, rich tradition of Tennessee football, of course.

Since Phillip Fulmer’s last good season, in 2007, this is what Tennessee football has been: a losing program (78–82 overall, 36–70 in the SEC, zero East Division titles); a program in constant transition (Heupel is the sixth permanent head coach); and now a program immersed in a self-acknowledged major NCAA investigation that has months (perhaps years) left to unspool.

From ’08 to ’20, the Vols’ SEC winning percentage was .339. The only East Division programs lower than that are Kentucky and Vanderbilt. South Carolina (.481) and Missouri (.473 since joining the league in ’12) are well ahead of Tennessee.

The records against the teams the Vols used to battle in the East are frightful: Florida has won 15 of its last 16 against Tennessee; Georgia has won nine of its last 11. And the annual crossover rivalry against Alabama is a recurring nightmare—the Crimson Tide have won 14 straight.

That’s a helluva low bar to cross.  Opportunity isn’t nowhere.  It’s located in Knoxville.

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9 responses to “The best thing Josh Heupel has going for him?

  1. 3rdandGrantham

    To highlight further their failures – since ’98, back when Clinton was president and Monica Lewinski was all in the news, the Vols have a losing record in SEC play. That, IMO, is astounding, and it makes our doldrom period of the late 80’s – mid 90’s seem like a blip on the radar.

    With that said, we are still 10 wins behind UT for all-time program wins, so we should pass them within the next few years. Of course, UT is doing all their best to prop up their win totals, as their OOC schedule the next few years is embarrassingly weak.

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    • Down Island Way

      Question will be, can the new hire hc out live his contract or transfer to the barn….

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      • I’ve talked to a couple of my rational Tennessee alumni friends (I know, I know … that’s like talking about jumbo shrimp or a virgin margarita) and they like the White hire but are very skeptical of Heupel.

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  2. Upcoming recruits in the next 3 classes have ever seen Tennessee be relevant. These kids haven’t seen Tennessee beat Alabama since they were 4. Let that sink in a little while.

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  3. practicaldawg

    Until Saban retires plus at least 3 years after that, Tennessee is simply blocked out of the post season. A season where they sweep Bama, UGA, and UF while avoiding an accidental loss elsewhere just seems unfathomable even if they start hauling top 3 recruiting classes (also unfathomable given the scarcity of home state talent and neighboring competition).

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  4. Hogbody Spradlin

    He’s got room for improvement!

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  5. Ran A

    Frost:

    0-12
    6-7
    13-0

    Heupel;

    12-1
    10-3
    6-4

    No words needed.

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  6. Ozam

    Unfortunately this also reflects negatively on us. After Tebow’s run, the SEC East has been there for the taking.

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