I hate that we just went through the darkest period in our program's history.
But still, let's try to keep this in context. Compare our 25-year drought with some other programs.
First, set aside Vandy, A&M, South Carolina and Mizzou - they have never won the SEC football championship. Ever. Their droughts stretch out as long as they've been in the conference. For Vandy, that's coming up on a century. Heh.
And among the teams who have won at least once conference title, the Vols' streak without one is not really that unusual. Here are the others:
Bama - 11 years was their longest non-title streak, from 1981 to 1992. They are, as you might imagine, the exception to the norm.
Arkansas - second-shortest drought, at 17 years...though keep in mind they only joined the conference in 1991 (32 years ago). To have a 17 year drought in a 31 year window is actually not very good.
Then there are several of us in the 20-to-30 year range: UGa (20, from '82 to '02) ... LSU (22, from '36 to '58) ... our Vols at 25 ('98 to today) ... and Auburn (26 years, '57 to '83).
And then the really long streaks:
Florida, at 58 years ('33 to '91) ... Ole Miss, 60 years ('63 to present) ... Kentucky, at 73 years ('50 to today) ... and the longest of all, Mississippi State, at 82 years ('41 to present).
If you were a Miss State fan, you could be older than just about everyone on this board, and still never have seen your team win a conference title in football.
Compared to some, we're blessed. Now let's end our own streak in the next year or three!