Will this be a November to remember?
It's a Bluff City battle for bragging rights, really?
You know these are trying times in the Big Orange sports world when the Vols are playing for bragging rights against cross state opponent Memphis. I can't even bring myself to call them a rival, although, the series has become interesting in recent years on the basketball court. Yes, there's the matter of winning out and becoming eligible for a bowl game, but let's not put the cart ahead of the horse. In fact, that's what first year head coach Derek Dooley was preaching throughout the entire month of October. It didn't quite work out for a Tennessee team fixated on results according to the head coach.
Those results almost turned for the better last week as the Vols competed into the 4th quarter against the SEC East leaders. Tennessee will try and finish the job it started at South Carolina tonight in Memphis. A full four quarters of football should guarantee a win, but then again with growing pains there are no guarantees. One thing we know for sure is that true freshman Tyler Bray will start at quarterback ahead of Junior Matt Simms. To quote "The Godfather", coach Dooley says the move was not personal, it was strictly business! Interesting, that it's a gunslinger the Vols have turned to fire away at
For years, the UT football program has had success during the 11th month. A November to remember would certainly put at ease a UT fan base filled with unrest when it comes to it's beloved football program. How interesting would be if it came down to November 27th and both the Vols and Kentucky Wildcats needed victory in order to get to six wins. Oh yes, there's also the small matter of the win streak that Tennessee currently owns over it's neighbors to the North. This is another scenario which seems foreign to the Vol football family, but family always sticks together. It seemed to work in the aforementioned blockbuster movie. Maybe it'll be good enough to impress the football critics come season's end.
Already impressed is a college football coaching legend. I had a chance this past week to speak with former Florida State head coach and Neyland Award winner Bobby Bowden. He said he has no doubt in coach Dooley's ability to turn things around on the Hill. He also used the word patience when describing the upward climb this coach and program must still make.
Yes, it'll take more than this next month and the next four games to determine whether this film becomes a classic!