Dooley's use of the term "New Season" worries me. Does he honestly think that he will be able to hang his hat on wins over NC State, GA State, Akron, Missouri, Vandy (if we win) or Kentucky?
If so, he's more out of touch with the reality of coaching at Tennessee than I thought. If a National Title, 2 SEC Championships, and 5 SEC East Titles can't guarantee job security (see Phillip Fulmer) than Dooley should trade in those orange britches for some fire-engine red ones.
He should be gone already. The only reason he is still here is the timing of hiring a new coach is so critical and there is NOBODY at UT who can stand in as a reasonable interim coach.
Enough with the talk; bring in Gruden.
Here are the all-time winning percentages for the top ten teams in Division 1-A.
1245 Games Played
0.73414 Winning Percentage
Notre Dame (IN)
Boise St. (ID)
It is not unrealistic at all for Tennessee fans to expect more out of a program that is HISTORICALLY ranked in the top-ten winningest programs of all time. (With six wins this year, the Vols will hit the 800 win mark.)
While factoring in the Vols average win totals over the aforementioned decades consider this; the program was in a comparable state of flux in the 70's prior to bringing in Coach Majors and Bama was clicking on damn-near Dynasty Status with Bear Bryant at the helm.
The past decade has been completely uncharacteristic of not just Tennessee football, but football in the SEC altogether. When perennial cellar-dweller South Carolina is competing regularly for the SEC East, and characteristically average programs such as Arkansas, and now Mississippi State are competing for the West title, the term parity loses it's cliche and becomes meaningful.
Vol fans have every right to expect, nay demand more from this Coach, this Team, and this Program.
Particulary, when your stadium is named after a General, you introduced the world to the Minister of Defense and you've got a guy named Peyton eating popcorn in the stands.
Go Big Orange