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Tennessee Football: 9 Steps to Get the Volunteers Back to National Prominence
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The Tennessee Volunteers will miss out on an eight-win season for the fifth straight year. This is the same program that had 16 consecutive seasons of eight or more wins during their reign of national prominence in the 1990s and early 2000s. So what's it going to take to reach that stage again?

Just five years ago, the Vols lost a closely contested battle with LSU in the 2007 SEC Championship Game. It's amazing how fast things can change in college football. Luckily for Tennessee, it's a double-edged sword.

While it may seem like ages since anyone outside of the Volunteer State cared about the Big Orange, it just takes a few good decisions strung together and a little bit of luck to reach national prominence again.

Here are the nine steps that will get the Vols there.

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