Tennessee Football: Biggest Storylines So Far This Offseason

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Tennessee Football: Biggest Storylines So Far This Offseason
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If you've turned on sports news at all during 2016, it's been impossible to avoid information about Tennessee. Unfortunately for the Volunteers, a lot of that has shed a negative light on Rocky Top.

No matter how much UT fans want to forget about the Title IX lawsuit looming, it's still there and has been very much a part of multiple news cycles since early February. While it hasn't completely dampened the excitement over the on-field hopes in Knoxville, it does leave a bit of a rain cloud.

Now that spring practice has kicked off, most of the attention has shifted back between the lines, and everybody at UTincluding head coach Butch Jonesis grateful. 

After all, that's where Tennessee may wind up putting together a championship contender if the Vols can put all clutter in the rear-view mirror.

"There's an elephant in the room, and I think you all know what we're going through," Jones said recently at the Carson-Newman Football Championship Coaching Clinic, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel's Dustin Dopirak. "Don't believe everything you read and hear. I promise you that."

It hasn't all been negative this offseason. The Vols put together yet another top-notch recruiting class, they got some great news with upperclassmen electing to return and one of the nation's top assistants decided he wanted to be a part of what UT is building.

From new players coming in to leave a legacy to the Ultimate Vol saying goodbye, it's been a particularly newsy few months.

Let's take a look at the biggest storylines that have reached the hills of Tennessee so far since UT's dismantling of Northwestern in the Outback Bowl closed a successful 2015 season.

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