Friday night, the Tennessee Volunteers will open up one of the most pivotal seasons in the program’s history.
Significant progress and winning will keep Derek Dooley on the job and show that this program is heading in the right direction. Lack of improvements and losing will result in a coaching search, and once again starting over.
It all begins with the opening game against North Carolina State in the Georgia Dome on Friday night.
The Wolfpack finished the 2011 season with an 8-5 record, including a win over Louisville in the Belk Bowl. Quarterback Mike Glennon and All-American cornerback David Amerson return for head coach Tom O’Brien.
What will it take for the Vols to pick up the victory? Here are seven keys…