Which Way Is Up? Tennessee Searches For Identity

Todd CarltonContributor ISeptember 14, 2009

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12: David Carter #85 of the UCLA Bruins sacks Jonathan Crompton #8 of the Tennessee Volunteers on September 12, 2009 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

There is a distinct chill in the air in the states of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.  The drop in temperature is due to the northern winds blowing like a hurricane out of the state of Tennessee from the collective sigh out of the Volunteer state.  In case you missed it, what had plagued Tennessee during Fulmer's final years has reared its ugly head once again only this time with Lane Kiffin at the helms.

Tennessee lost to UCLA with pathetic play calling, horrendous offensive line play, and a quarterback that looked lost at best.  Does any of this sound familiar Tennessee fans? 

Watching the game last weekend from the couch was as painful to watch as any UT game I've seen in the past few years.  The ending, which seemed to want to follow the storybook ending, resembled more of a horror flick.  You could almost hear the thunderous screams as you watched running play after running play fail to get into the end zone...each play was a further twisting of the knife.  

I couldn't help but think of the Randy Sanders offense of past while watching the debacle this weekend. How does that sound? Sheesh!

Where does Tennessee go from here?  Florida is calling, which also brings with it the current national championship trophy and a number 1 ranking to boot!  I say it's time for UT to buckle it's chin strap, get ready to hit somebody, play their hearts out, and claim the biggest upset in school history.  Now, wouldn't that be a story!