Before the season starts (and the excuses begin), what specifically do people expect to see? Forget the overall record. 1) Is it OK to get blown-out by FL, GA & AL? 2) Is another lose to FL acceptable? 3) Is it OK to go 2-2 against SC, Vandy, KY, MZ?
I used to care a lot more. Weekends, weeks would be ruined if the Vols lost. I was in school at UT '04-'08, which was the end of the Fulmer Era. Lots of hype following those years, just to be brought down.
I've just now come to terms with not caring as much. Sure, I'll watch the big games. I don't care to watch the beat downs and have better things to do. Life is more enjoyable when the weekends are not centered around a 6-6 team.
I am very anxious to see the evidence of improvement, Program-wide. Better effort, better execution, better performance, better coaching, and most of all, better results.
I want to see us compete, for four quarters, in every game. No matter the opponent. I want to see grit and determination. No big blowouts. I want to see our o-line establish a new line of scrimmage, on the positive side of the line, against every defensive front we face. I want to see a QB making reads, changing plays, and getting people into position for success. I want to see a defense attacking, causing turnovers, and helping our offense. I want to see us win the special teams and kicking game, in every game. I want to see growth, from the players and staff. I want to see better game management, and better player management.
I truly believe that I will see improvement across the line.
I agree. My excitement level is through the roof but it ain't Pruitt Fever Lulz. I can't answer or say anything for anyone except me, but Im confident that Ill know how I feel about this staff and obviously Pruitt by the end of this season. A big part of my excitement is the anticipation of just finding out.
Many don't like to think or talk about it, but I do. I don't expect or count on it, but what if we fought like the 3rd monkey trying to get on Noah's Ark all season long and actually won 8 or 9 and everyone was saying "yea, I think we got us a good'un" ?
What if BeardedVol started a thread.. "I ain't never been this excited, with my pants on" after regular season? Okay, That's going a little too far, but you know what I mean.
The HC has no impact on my anticipation for a new year. Obviously the HC has a major impact on the results. I’ve wanted every Coach at UT to earn his spot in the College Football Hall of Fame because of the Championships won on The Hill.
I’m ready for Neyland2.0 to show up and lead us into the future.