National signing day is over, and spring practice hasn't started. The Tennessee Volunteers join the rest of the college football world during this dead period, which can only mean one thing: It's time to begin early speculation on the prospects of the 2013 season!
Coming off perhaps the worst three-year stretch in school history, Butch Jones was able to secure a top-20 recruiting class, make inroads with a number of 2014 players and rebuild broken relationships across the state. All the while he kept stressing that the University of Tennessee is the state institution.
Becoming relevant on a conference level is imperative. It can't be done in one year, but great coaches show you something early on. I expect this to happen in the fall. Brace yourselves for my predicted win-loss record for the Vols' 2013 season.
I even shocked myself.