As January turns to February, you can bet your retro No. 16 Tennessee Volunteers jersey that the 2012 season is already underway in the backrooms of Neyland Stadium. The team has some key issues to address in their offseason to-do list in order to ensure a successful season this fall.
Head coach Derek Dooley is up against it, and we all know it. He absolutely must finish above .500, and even that might not be enough to secure a 2013 season for him.
But one thing is for sure: If he and his coaches don't address each of these five requirements this offseason, the Vols will be fighting yet another uphill battle come September.
Let's have a little faith. After all, Tennessee has never in 114 seasons had three consecutive losing seasons.