- Aug 28, 2006
That's the only comparison I can see between the two. We won the SEC, returned everybody, beat #1 Gonzaga at a neutral court, and have been top 7 all year. When Miss St was #1, it came out of nowhere.
But we still aren't a traditional power, and when non-traditional powers make runs, even if it is a carryover from a previous season, there tends to be a fair amount of doubt from people in the sport generally. Especially from someone with blue blood ties like Jay Williams. I think that is what drives the doubt.
If Tennessee is able to consistently be a top team over the next several seasons, the doubt and skepticism about staying power go away. Kind of like what Oregon did in football. They were a solid program for many years under Bellotti, then when Kelly took them to another level, nobody really thought they were a pretender or about to fall off a cliff. It takes more than just a couple of years. We're pretty far removed from Pearl now. We were a good team last year, but remember we aren't far removed at all from Rick's first 2 rebuilding years, the Donnie Tyndall year, and the Cuonzo years which did include a flukish Sweet 16 run but were underachieving teams.