HOOVER, Ala. (AP) -- Derek Dooley didn't inherit the easiest situation when he took over as Tennessee's head coach in 2010.
Not only were the Volunteers losing on the field, but an NCAA investigation clouded the future of the program. In fact, nearly two years later it still does.
But during his Thursday morning appearance at SEC Media Days, Dooley said "we can't use that as an excuse not to succeed."
Tennessee made the postseason in Dooley's first season, finishing with a 6-7 record after losing in the Music City Bowl.
Now the Volunteers are trying for bigger things after returning 13 starters including sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray and 1,000-yard rusher Tauren Poole.