It's been 13 long years since the Vols won the first ever BCS National Championship, and since that time the program has began a gradual decline that Vol fans matched in unison.
Three coaches in as many years, have also tainted the institution of Tennessee as a house of athletic stability which diminishes its image in the public eye yet further. The last trip to an SEC Championship resulted in a 21-14 loss to LSU and since then there have only been glimpses of faith and hope, as the storied program struggles to regain some reminder of what once was.
Derek Dooley has picked up the torch, or rather it has been thrust upon him to right the Volunteer ship and its legendary program, left in distress by former head coach Lane Kiffin. The program has some momentum, but before the Vols can regain their national prowess and quiet the naysayers there a few things they must do to win back respect.