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1. Last 1-year UT coach sent program on 11-year slide -

The vibe around UT football was different from the moment Josh Heupel arrived and remained so through the end of his first regular season.

Players were having more fun and looking forward to attending practices. They stayed later at the facility to hang out with each other and competed hard during games. No one was walking on eggshells or fearful of making mistakes.

2. New Tennessee football coach Heupel brings 3 UCF assistants -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — New Tennessee football coach Josh Heupel is bringing three offensive assistants with him from the UCF staff.

Heupel, who coached UCF from 2018-20, announced six of his assistant coaches on Monday.

3. NCAA probe is 'speed bump' to Vols' new coach Heupel -

Josh Heupel believes he can win quickly at Tennessee and position the football program for long-term success. He's so confident that not even the specter of NCAA sanctions deterred him from joining his former UCF boss in a package deal for the Volunteers.

4. Vols' new AD plans to move quickly hiring new football coach -

Danny White is embracing the opportunity Tennessee is giving him to rebuild a Power Five program and not even the prospect of potential NCAA punishment deterred him from taking the athletic director job.

5. Tennessee moves quickly, hires UCF's Danny White as new AD -

Tennessee has hired UCF athletic director Danny White as the Volunteers' new athletic director just three days after the firing of football coach Jeremy Pruitt and athletic director Phillip Fulmer's retirement.

6. Tennessee fires Pruitt, 9 others for 'serious' NCAA issues -

The Tennessee football program is starting over yet again, this time after coach Jeremy Pruitt and nine others were fired Monday for cause when an internal investigation found what the university chancellor called "serious violations of NCAA rules."

7. Tennessee AD Fulmer, Miami coach Diaz isolating for virus -

Tennessee athletic director and former Volunteers football coach Phillip Fulmer said Friday he is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. And Miami's Manny Diaz became the latest active coach to announce he has contracted the virus.

8. Top Davidson County residential sales for September 2020 -

Top residential real estate sales, September 2020, for Davidson County, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

Chandler Reports has been publishing Real Estate Market Data since 1968. That year, Chandler began collecting residential sales information for the Chandler Residential Report, considered the authoritative source for residential real estate sales information. Over the next three decades, the publications have been continually refined, enhanced and expanded, growing to include lot sales data, new residential construction and absorption information, and commercial sales. In 1987, Chandler Reports began one of the first on–line real estate market data services in the country, and is a nationally recognized leader in the industry. In 2004, Chandler Reports was purchased by The Daily News Publishing Co. In 2007, Chandler introduced RegionPlus, including property research for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. Visit online at chandlerreports.com.

9. Mays' saga brings new chapter to Tennessee-Georgia rivalry -

Right tackle Cade Mays and No. 14 Tennessee are about to add another juicy chapter to a Southeastern Conference football soap opera.

10. Pruitt gets raise, extension from Tennessee after 2 seasons -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — No. 16 Tennessee has given coach Jeremy Pruitt a raise and a contract extension through 2025 after two seasons on the job.

11. Tennessee's challenge is building on 6-game winning streak -

Tennessee proved a season ago it can do more than just compete with the Volunteers winning their final six games, capped by a comeback bowl victory.

Now the Vols must prove they can play that way from the start.

12. UT restricts tickets to about 25% of Neyland's seats -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee will be selling tickets for approximately 25% of the fan seats at Neyland Stadium this season, officials announced Tuesday. The stadium has a capacity of 102,455, counting everybody in the building, which could mean around 25,000 fans.

13. ‘Hard to imagine’ a fall without football in Knoxville -

We all remember those glory days of sitting in Neyland Stadium, peering down at the field and listening to the broadcast on radio headphones. The thrills and chills that ran up the spine just before kickoff as the late, great announcer John Ward uttered his signature catchphrase:

14. Pruitt works to get ahead of Black Lives Matter unrest -

As a white male, Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt can’t possibly understand what his Black players live through on a daily basis.

He doesn’t know what systematic challenges they face just because of the color of their skin.

15. Tennessee planning on fans in stands with Vols' budget cuts -

Tennessee's athletic budget for 2020-21 is based on the Volunteers having fans in the stands for the upcoming football season but still includes a $10.1 million cut in overall revenues.

Randy Boyd, president of the University of Tennessee, said Friday reducing the number of fans further because of the coronavirus pandemic would have a "significant impact" on the budget.

16. Johnny Majors, former Tennessee and Pitt coach, dies at 85 -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh's 1976 national championship team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, died Wednesday. He was 85.

17. SEC to allow football workouts on campus beginning June 8 -

Southeastern Conference schools will be able to bring football and basketball players back to campus for voluntary activities starting June 8 at the discretion of each university.

The SEC's announcement Friday is the latest sign that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall. The move comes two days after the NCAA Division I Council voted to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts on campus by football and basketball players, effective June 1.

18. Cancellations disappoint Vols pursuing championships -

There will be no chance to win NCAA titles, no March Madness and likely no more games in baseball and softball or matches in tennis and golf.

Like nearly the entire sports world, University of Tennessee athletics came to a grinding halt last week due to concerns of the COVID-19 outbreak.

19. Vols’ No. 10 recruiting class still seventh-best in SEC -

Emblematic of their 2019 season, the Tennessee Vols made a strong closing run to complete their 2020 recruiting class.

The Vols put the finishing touches on the highly ranked group last week during National Signing Day by securing four-star wide receiver Malachi Wideman and three-star athlete Damarcus Beckwith.

20. Tennessee scores twice late to defeat Indiana 23-22 in Gator -

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tennessee sure knows how to get out of a huge hole.

The Volunteers scored twice in a 30-second span late, using an onside kick to help escape a 13-point deficit, and then held on to stun Indiana 23-22 in the Gator Bowl on Thursday night.

21. SEC suspends Tennessee WR Jennings for half of Vols' bowl -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has suspended Tennessee wide receiver Jauan Jennings for the first half of the Volunteers' bowl game for what the league said was a flagrant personal foul late in a 28-10 victory over Vanderbilt.

22. Meeting after Florida game helped turn Vols’ season -

Even the most optimistic Tennessee football fan would have been hard-pressed in early October to predict a seasonal resurrection.

Following a road loss to Florida, the Vols were 1-4 and searching for answers.

23. Neyland getting $180M in Phase 1 renovations -

The University of Tennessee has been given the green light to continue renovating Neyland Stadium.

As the facility nears its 100-year anniversary, Tennessee unveiled a revised year-by-year progress plan last week that school officials hope will enhance the game-day experience for fans and help with recruiting.

24. Former Tennessee football players share stories on podcast -

They all gathered in the basement of Copper Cellar in Knoxville to share a good meal and reminisce about old times.

The former Tennessee football players were invited there by Barry Rice, the senior director of broadcasting for Tennessee Athletics.

25. Tennessee AD Fulmer says he still believes in Pruitt -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt still has the support of athletic director Phillip Fulmer.

26. UT football more than a game for kids with cancer -

Stephanie Bible had just picked up her first set of hearing aids at a location near the University of Tennessee campus. She was only 4, suffered from partial hearing loss and had already gone through cancer treatment.

27. Reinvigorated Jennings brings 'alpha male' to season -

If there was any doubt about Jauan Jennings’ status within the Tennessee football program, he quickly put it to rest.

Asked last week if he was the alpha male of the wide receivers, the redshirt senior responded: “I’m the alpha male anywhere I go.”

28. Tennessee to sell alcoholic beverages at home football games -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is the latest Southeastern Conference school to sell alcoholic beverages at upcoming home football games.

School officials say alcohol sales will begin with the second home game Sept. 7 game against Brigham Young.

29. Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer encouraged after eventful year -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer has said from the time he took over that his No. 1 priority is to turn around the slumping football program.

30. Top Middle Tennessee commercial sales for May 2019 -

Top commercial real estate sales, May 2019, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

31. Vols extend baseball coach's deal through 2024 -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has extended the contract of baseball coach Tony Vitello through June 2024.

Athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced the deal Wednesday.

32. Vols' Barnes to get $26 million over next 5 seasons -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes will make $26 million over the next five seasons as part of a hefty raise he will receive after speaking with UCLA about its coaching vacancy earlier this month.

33. Barnes says buyout likely kept him from taking UCLA job -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes believes he would be in Westwood today coaching the UCLA's men's basketball team if buyout negotiations hadn't broken down.

At the time Barnes was talking with UCLA about its vacancy, his contract required Tennessee to receive $5 million if he had left for another job. The buyout is slightly less now; his contract calls for the buyout to be pro-rated after April 15.

34. Harper: 'Women's basketball needs Tennessee back in there' -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — New Tennessee coach Kellie Harper believes it would be good for women's basketball in general to have the Lady Vols competing for titles again.

35. Harper eager for chance to return Lady Vols to prominence -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Kellie Harper says she was playing for Tennessee when Pat Summitt predicted the tenacious point guard would eventually coach the Lady Vols.

36. Tennessee announces Barnes will be back next season -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes will be back with the Volunteers next season.

Volunteers athletic director Phillip Fulmer issued a statement Monday night saying "I'm thrilled that (Barnes) will remain a part of our Tennessee Athletics family." The statement came after reports that linked Barnes to the coaching vacancy at UCLA.

37. Tennessee fires Holly Warlick after first-round NCAA exit -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has fired women's basketball coach Holly Warlick after a season in which the Lady Vols barely kept their NCAA Tournament streak alive and then promptly lost in the opening round.

38. Johansen scores 43 seconds into OT, Preds beat Stars 3-2 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Nashville Predators know they might well end up seeing Dallas in the first round of the playoffs, and that made protecting home ice even more crucial after a loss here to the Stars only six days ago.

39. Tennessee athletics reports deficit of nearly $6.5 million -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's athletics department has reported a budget deficit of nearly $6.5 million for the 2018 fiscal year, thanks partly to hefty buyouts for former football coach Butch Jones and athletic director John Currie.

40. List of Vols' violations include Fulmer offering instruction -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has reported a minor NCAA violation that involved athletic director Phillip Fulmer instructing offensive linemen during a football practice.

41. Tennessee delays start of construction on Neyland renovation -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is delaying the start of construction on a Neyland Stadium renovation project to review all aspects of the plan.

Athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced Thursday that "we simply need time to study all ideas of scope and design" for the project and that delaying it would be "financially prudent."

42. Vols riding high (for a change) as Tide rolls in -

Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt took a swig of water as he stood behind the podium, trying to choke back his emotions.

The Vols had just lost to Georgia, but Pruitt knew the final score didn’t reflect how hard his team had played. He wanted more for his players than just a “moral victory.”

43. Tennessee AD Fulmer: Vols 'working through cultural change' -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer said the Volunteers' football program is "working through a cultural change" and that he remains confident in first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt.

44. Vols-Gators once meant something. Not as much now -

It used to be appointment viewing for every college football fan. It used to determine the SEC champion and factor into the national title chase.

But the rivalry between Tennessee and Florida has lost much of its luster over the last decade, with not much at stake beyond bragging rights.

45. Tennessee's Barnes gets 3-year contract extension, a raise -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes has received a three-year contract extension and raise that will earn him $21 million over the next six years.

46. Pruitt's challenge: Instill winning mindset into Vols -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Jeremy Pruitt's dad says his son suffers from the "coaching disease." It's a 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a year bug.

47. Expectations low for Pruitt’s first season -

Tennessee fans can’t be blamed for having the sports version of post-traumatic stress disorder when it comes to their football program.

From car salesman-like press conferences to mattress-torching exits to embarrassing coaching searches, they’ve been burned too many times after promises of new beginnings.

48. Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick receives contract extension -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee women's basketball coach Holly Warlick has received a three-year contract extension.

Athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced Friday that Warlick's contract now runs through the 2021-22 season. Warlick's deal was set to expire at the end of the 2018-19 season.

49. Tennessee to honor 1998 championship team on Sept. 22 -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee plans to honor its 1998 national championship team Sept. 22 when the Volunteers host Florida.

Players, coaches and support staff members from the 1998 team will be in Knoxville that weekend for a reunion honoring the 20th anniversary of the title-winning season. The 1998 team was coached by Phillip Fulmer, who took over as Tennessee's athletic director in December.

50. Vols' Pruitt passes 1st test as SEC head coach -

University of Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt recorded his first “victory” of the season last week without even taking the field.

He managed to navigate the gauntlet that is SEC Media Days.

51. Longtime Vols broadcaster Ward honored at tribute ceremony -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer praised John Ward for bringing "life and feeling to our living rooms" during a tribute ceremony for the longtime Volunteers football and men's basketball broadcaster.

52. Murfreesboro's Jones finds new way to ‘give my all’ to Tennessee -

They walked around the mall in a zombie-like trance, still trying to process what they’d just been told.

Nearly 15 years of blood, sweat and tears on the football field was put to end in just five minutes. Jack Jones and his parents had traveled to Dallas last October seeking a solution for Jones’ recurring neck and shoulder issues.

53. Dobbs gives back to family that embraced him -

No matter where life takes him, Joshua Dobbs will always find his way back to Knoxville. The former University of Tennessee quarterback holds a special place in his heart for the city and the relationships he made as a Vol.

54. Tennessee finalizes settlement with ousted chancellor -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee has finalized a $1.33 million settlement with ousted chancellor Beverly Davenport, formally ending her employment at the school after a tumultuous tenure that lasted less than 1 ½ years.

55. Former Tennessee WR Fayton returning to alma mater -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee wide receiver CJ Fayton is returning to his alma mater in a new position.

Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced the hire of Fayton as the Volunteers' director of VFL (Vol For Life) programming on Tuesday.

56. Tennessee AD Fulmer signs new deal running through 2021 -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer has said all along that his appointment as athletic director at his alma mater wasn't a mere short-term arrangement.

Now he has the contract to back it up.

57. Tennessee AD Fulmer signs new deal worth at least $900,000 -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer signed a contract that runs through 2021 and increases his annual pay to at least $900,000.

58. Senate committee nixes 4 UT Board appointees -

One of Gov. Bill Haslam’s main legislative pushes has run afoul of a Legislature angry about everything from Sex Week at the University of Tennessee to the handling of the football coach hiring at the Knoxville campus.

59. Tennessee, former AD Currie agree to $2.5 million settlement -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has reached a $2.5 million settlement with former athletic director John Currie less than four months after he was suspended in the midst of a football coaching search that turned into a fiasco.

60. Clemmons: UT football fiasco at heart of Haslam's plan to shrink Board -

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to shake up the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees is getting blitzed by legislators, some contending it’s linked to the hiring of the Tennessee Vols football coach.

61. Heisman Trophy-winning QB Weinke to coach RBs for Tennessee -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Chris Weinke is joining Tennessee's staff as a running backs coach.

Tennessee announced Weinke's addition to the staff Wednesday. His contract runs through Jan. 31, 2020, and pays him $355,000 annually.

62. Gillespie out as Tennessee's running backs coach -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Robert Gillespie is no longer part of Tennessee's coaching staff after serving as running backs coach for the last five seasons.

63. Ex-Vols AD Currie, Schiano had agreed on $27 million deal -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee athletic director John Currie and Greg Schiano signed a memorandum of understanding to make the Ohio State defensive coordinator the new Volunteers football coach before the deal fell apart amid a public backlash.

64. Tennessee hires Alabama assistant Jeremy Pruitt as coach -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt's mission is to get the Volunteers back to the status they enjoyed when his new boss was roaming the sidelines.

Pruitt took over as Tennessee's coach Thursday, capping a tumultuous search in which Phillip Fulmer replaced John Currie as athletic director . Tennessee is coming off one of its most disappointing seasons ever and hasn't won the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division title since 2007, the year before Fulmer was forced out as the Vols' coach.

65. Tennessee hires Alabama assistant Jeremy Pruitt as coach -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its head coach, capping a tumultuous search that cost an athletic director his job as the Volunteers attempt to recover from one of their most disappointing seasons.

66. Pay for no play: UT paying millions to former coaches -

Tennessee’s bungled search for a football coach will come at a cost for the university. A big cost.

There are buyouts everywhere. A potential lawsuit looms. And a rift between boosters caused by the botched search may be the costliest item of all for the university long term.

67. Grading 50 years of UT athletic directors -

Ultimately, Phillip Fulmer’s success or failure as Tennessee’s athletics director will be tied to his very first hire. If his pick wins enough football games, Fulmer has done his job.

Here is a look at the five men who preceded Fulmer at UT over the last half century and how they handled their responsibilities:

68. Game of thrones? UT’s cast not that smart -

When he was president of the University of Tennessee in 1959-70, Andy Holt often referred to the Vols athletics program, and particularly its football program, as “the front porch of the university.”

69. Tennessee names Fulmer AD, places Currie on paid leave -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has named Phillip Fulmer athletic director and placed former AD John Currie on paid leave amid what has been a tumultuous and embarrassing football coaching search.

70. Vols AD Currie defends coaching search, vetting of Schiano -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee athletic director John Currie is defending the process of his coaching search and vouching for the character of Greg Schiano one day after negotiations between the two parties broke down amid a public backlash.

71. UT’s next head coach: Some possibilities -

John Currie is eight months into his job as Tennessee’s athletics director and already facing a coaching hire that could define his career.

Currie is leading a search to replace Butch Jones, who was fired last Sunday morning with two games left in the 2017 season.

72. Interim success: Some temp coaches get results -

As Tennessee’s interim head coach following the dismissal of Butch Jones, Brady Hoke is entrusted with the task of making the best of a bad situation.

With only two games remaining on the Vols’ schedule, Hoke doesn’t have time to put his own stamp on the program. Instead, he’ll try to hold things together while using the system Jones installed in games against LSU and Vanderbilt.

73. History will be kind to the Butch Jones era -

After the fact, Butch Jones’ shortcomings are there for all to see. He could recruit talented players but he couldn’t develop them. His hiring of assistant coaches was haphazard. He choked in late-game situations. He blurted out half-baked comments at press conferences. His interpersonal relationships were strained. He talked tough but had a thin skin.

74. Jones’ blind spot: Even 5-stars need coaching -

When he was hired as Tennessee’s football coach in December 2012, Butch Jones used the term “infallible” to describe the system he was bringing to Knoxville.

Even if we give Jones the benefit of the doubt on the system he has attempted to install at UT, it’s clear that the head coach is far from infallible. A 3-3 record in Year 5 – with all three losses to SEC East competition, no less – is reflective of a coach who isn’t getting the job done.

75. Freshman impact: Vols’ all-time best rookie running backs -

Butch Jones let us in on a little secret recently when he said his freshman running backs will play for Tennessee this season. That’s plural – running backs. Jones’ plan is to use all three freshman backs – Ty Chandler, Tim Jordan and Trey Coleman – in some sort of rotation behind junior John Kelly. Given the nature of the game, putting the football in the hands of freshmen is risky business. But Jones is taking the plunge.

76. Neyland, Fulmer entering Tennessee Athletics Hall Of Fame -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former football coaches Robert Neyland and Phillip Fulmer highlight a star-studded Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame induction class.

Tennessee announced its eight-person class Thursday.

77. Neyland, Fulmer entering Tennessee Athletics Hall Of Fame -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former football coaches Robert Neyland and Phillip Fulmer highlight a star-studded Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame induction class.

Tennessee announced its eight-person class Thursday.

78. 2 quarterbacks seldom better than 1 -

The old adage holds that if you have two quarterbacks you really have none.

Are you listening, Butch Jones?

Jones continues to send signals that Tennessee may proceed with a plan to use both junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano in the opener against Georgia Tech. If the two-quarterback system is successful, the Vols could continue to play both in subsequent games.

79. Jones has definitely proven he can recruit -

When in doubt, do what you do best – recruit. That seems to be the approach of Tennessee Vols coach Butch Jones.

While many UT fans, and some in the media, are portraying this as a make-or-break season, Jones is planning for his future by stockpiling commitments for 2018 and beyond.

80. Paying Fulmer $100K will pay dividends for UT athletics -

What does Phillip Fulmer’s hiring as special advisor to University of Tennessee president Joe DiPietro have to do with Vols football coach Butch Jones?

Not much.

If Jones continues to win enough games while avoiding issues that reflect poorly on the school, he’ll continue to be UT’s coach. If not, he’ll be jettisoned. Either way, there’s nothing Fulmer can do about it.

81. Fulmer named special adviser to Tennessee president -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro has hired former Volunteers football coach Phillip Fulmer as his special adviser for community, athletics and university relations.

82. Time to turn down the flame on Jones’ hot seat -

When it comes to Butch Jones and the recent NFL draft, it’s a matter of perspective. Remember, no Tennessee Vols were drafted in the previous two years, which is a reflection on the recruiting by Jones’ predecessor, Derek Dooley. The fact that Tennessee had six players picked this time around – all in the first four rounds – speaks volumes, to wit:

83. Football staff shakeups rarely save coaching jobs -

Phillip Fulmer’s was notorious during his glory years as Tennessee’s football coach for maintaining staff stability.

Some of his assistant coaches were mediocre recruiters. So, what? Fulmer figured he could take up the slack. It was more important to him that the staff have year-to-year continuity.

84. New AD is bad news for struggling Vol coaches -

The hiring of John Currie as the University of Tennessee’s athletics director conveys a number of messages. One of them: Butch Jones is officially on the clock.

Based on Currie’s history at UT, as well as his eight-year track record as Kansas State’s athletics director, it’s safe to say he isn’t afraid to pull the trigger when it comes to coaches – for better or worse.

85. New Tennessee chancellor vows to move 'quickly' in AD search -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — New Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport says the school plans to move "very quickly" in hiring an athletic director but isn't specifying a target date on making the selection.

86. Blackburn still the favorite for UT’s AD position -

Tennessee has its search firm and its search committee is in place to find the replacement for Dave Hart as the university’s athletic director.

Hart announced last August he would retire June 30, and with Tennessee undergoing a transition in its chancellor’s position, the search for Hart’s replacement was put on the back burner.

87. Slow pace of AD hire typical of how UT works -

About the University of Tennessee’s athletics director search: What’s your hurry?

It only took a little over five months after Dave Hart’s retirement announcement to start the process of hiring a search firm and finalizing a committee that will oversee the selection process. The last thing you want to do is rush things, right?

88. Is Saban's dominance bad for SEC? Of course not -

I keep reading that Nick Saban is ruining SEC football because his Alabama program is so dominant. And I just don’t get it.

The misguided Saban-as-Satan logic goes this way:

Saban’s teams overwhelm the conference competition to the point that the other 13 programs quickly grow tired of not being able to match up and fans cry for change. That leads to a destabilization of the conference with a constant reshuffling of coaches.

89. Dobbs had a great run, but Manning is still No. 1 UT QB -

Tennessee senior Joshua Dobbs has created a quarterback controversy.

Dobbs finished his college career Dec. 30 when UT beat Nebraska 38-24 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville. He accounted for 409 total yards – 291 passing and 118 yards rushing – and was chosen the game’s MVP.

90. Jones picks a bad time to lead UT football program -

There was a time in University of Tennessee football history when a nine-win season and a victory over Nebraska in a bowl would guarantee a coach something just this side of a lifetime contract.

But not right now.

91. Dobbs’ change of heart a great gift to Vol fans -

In the spirit of the holiday season, Joshua Dobbs is the gift that keeps on giving.

Despite all the disappointments of 2016 for Tennessee football, it would be a mistake not to appreciate Dobbs for what he is: a scholar, an athlete, a leader, a role model and a winner.

92. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for Nov. 2016 -

Top residential real estate sales, November 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

93. Something missing from Jones’ ‘infallible’ system -

By now, Tennessee fans have taken enough deep breaths to come to grips with losing to Vanderbilt.

They don’t like it, mind you, but they’ve accepted it.

As for Butch Jones, what now?

94. For better or worse, Dobbs defines Jones era -

Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs will be one of 11 senior scholarship players honored at Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. home finale against Missouri at Neyland Stadium.

Their legacies as Vols largely will be defined against Missouri and at Vanderbilt in their last games of the 2016 season – and by what happens Saturday afternoon in Baton Rouge.

95. Six-point plan to help Jones stick around longer -

On that day in December 2012 when Butch Jones was introduced as Tennessee’s head football coach, he told Vol Nation that he had a template for fixing everything. He said: “The plan is infallible if the players buy in.” No, it’s not.

96. As always, Vols’ season comes down to Bama -

Halfway through a heart-stopping season, how strong is the pulse for the Cardiac Vols? Once-beaten and physically battered, what does Tennessee have left in the tank as it faces top-ranked Alabama and the lesser challenges that lie ahead?

97. Now, let’s see how the Vols play as underdogs -

You almost can feel Tennessee is a football team of destiny as the most difficult games of the schedule loom Saturday at Texas A&M and Oct. 15 against Alabama at Neyland Stadium.

There aren’t many successful Hail Mary passes, but the Vols got one last Saturday and beat Georgia 34-31 in Athens. Tennessee trailed Georgia 17-0 in the first half.

98. Nothing else counts for Jones if he can’t top Gators -

Since his arrival at Tennessee in December 2012, Butch Jones often has spoken about the importance of getting the Vols back up and running in their biggest rivalry games.

Easier said than done. Jones has yet to beat either of UT’s two biggest rivals – Florida and Alabama.

99. Looks like 10-2, SEC title game, Orange Bowl for UT -

Tennessee’s football team and its fans have the best of both worlds this weekend.

They get to relish in a season-opening victory Thursday night and enjoy a feast of good college football all day Saturday.

100. Enjoy the hype, Vol fans. It’s been a long time -

The temptation here is to throw a couple of buckets of cold water on the great expectations for the Tennessee Vols this season.

But you know what? Enjoy the hype, UT fans. Any fan base that was subjected to three years of Derek Dooley deserves this moment.