It has been 12 years since the Tennessee Volunteers last played in a BCS bowl game. Winners of the very first BCS National Championship in Tempe, Ariz. in 1998, the Vols went back to the Fiesta Bowl as the SEC's at-large bid following the 1999 season.
The Vols have had three chances to make it back to a BCS bowl since that '99 season. Tennessee went to the SEC Championship Game in 2001, 2004 and 2007, emerging as losers in each contest.
Since the 2008 season, Tennessee's football program has struggled through one of the most trying eras in its history.
What has kept the Vols from heading back to a BCS bowl in recent years? Could 2012 be the year that these issues are finally resolved?