Tennessee Football: 7 Reasons to Believe in Derek Dooley and the Volunteers

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Tennessee Football: 7 Reasons to Believe in Derek Dooley and the Volunteers
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The University of Tennessee athletic program has hit an all-time low over the last few years. From losing seasons, to firing coaches, to NCAA violations, it has been tough for those who bleed orange and white. At the forefront of this slide is the football program, the university’s pride and joy.

Tennessee football has a history that most programs can’t match. Tennessee was the fifth winningest program during the 1990s, including a BCS National Championship in the 1998 season.

Now, Tennessee is on its third different coach over the last four seasons, which includes three losing campaigns during that span. As the 2012 season quickly approaches, Derek Dooley is getting set for the most important year of his career.

While many people are down on Dooley and ready to give him the heave-ho, here’s seven reasons to believe in him and the Volunteers in 2012.

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