I had a little flair for the dramatic myself following Kiffin's departure to USC, charting the fallout from the slimiest and highest-profile job switch of the offseason, and eulogizing Tennessee's 2010 recruiting class in the process.
But if I've learned anything on this beat, it's that you're never doing as good or as bad as you think you're doing. And that's certainly true of Derek Dooley's first few days at Rocky Top.
Sure, there were the defectors. Markeith Ambles, Brandon Willis, Michael Taylor, Delvin Jones and Ahmad Dixon had committed themselves more to Kiffin than to the program, and departed UT's graces along with him.
But the early enrollments of Corey Miller, Jawuan James, Jacques Smith and Matt Milton and the sustained interest from Tyler Bray, Zach Fulton and Marques Dixon helped the Vols maintain the core of the class.
Since then, Dooley has done a bang-up job, adding bodies to make up for the departees, and landing a few headliners of his own.
He lifted four-star WR Justin Hunter from LSU and landed QB Nash Nance, who could end up as a package deal with Da'Rick Rogers. Rogers, Georgia's best recruit at wideout, has reopened his recruitment since Nance's commitment and seems to be leaning towards Tennessee after a visit.
Recently, he landed JUCO DB Dave Clark, a major target of his while at Louisiana Tech.
If Dooley can hold serve on the current class, the Vols will at least be top 25, a remarkable feat given the chaos of only a few weeks ago. Landing Da'Rick or some other talent will be the icing on the cake. Fallout, obviously, was overstating the matter.