Probably 1963. Bowden Wyatt had gone 12-16-3 in the SEC the prior 4 years. He was an alcoholic who was kicked up to AD for 1963. His mentor, Gen Neyland, had died. Jim McDonald was coach for one season. Thank God Robert Woodruff returned to UT as AD and hired an umknown assistant coach from Arkansas... Doug Dickey.
The late Battle years were my thought, too. Those were like thinking we'd reached the bottom of the hole and realizing it was still a lot deeper. Battle was a good guy, became a very good Bama AD, but he just couldn't coach ... or recruit.
I am an alum from the 70's and I second Pride85's post above. There have been several times the FB program has hit stretches of bad to mediocre FB. This is by no means the worst, yet. I don't think the fire Pruitt crowd is accepting how bad the program Pruitt inherited was. Of course the total collapse of JG was unexpected and has just added to Pruitt's rebuild process. I truly believe better days are ahead.
If you are talking about administrative incompetence, and a seeming obsession with making really dumb choices? I would think the last fifteen years have been a farce. Personally, I think things might have operated better if a local mafia ran it.
What year was it where we had either the punt return or kickoff play, I forget which where we missed on 15 or 20 tackles on one play? Yes, some players whiffed twice, we looked like the Keystone Cops of college football on that play.
For me that was our lowest point ever. Back to back losses to Vandy comes close though.
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