Today, the Tennessee Volunteers made their first bowl appearance since 2010, and what an appearance it was. The Vols dominated the majority of the game, defeating Iowa 45-28 in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Tennessee gave up some points late, but the game was never close.
I was very excited about today’s game. For me it didn’t matter if the Vols won or lost. Oh, I’m super excited about the victory! But, I was really just so happy to see them back in a bowl game. I grew up in Knoxville watching the Vols. I graduated from UT and lived through the good years (and some not so good). Even in the off years, Tennessee was still able to produce a winning season and make bowl appearances. However, over the past 5-6 years, the program has suffered. With coaching changes and poor recruiting, the Vols were quickly becoming one of the worst teams in the SEC. So, I was very excited about Butch Jones and his recruiting classes. The bowl appearance today capped off lots of hard work, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I’m not sure I’m ready to say the program is back to where it should be, but it is certainly headed in the right direction.
Today showed me that Butch Jones and the Tennessee Volunteers have a bright future. For the first time in a long time, I’m REALLY looking forward to the start of the next season. Good things are yet to come! GO VOLS!!! #VFL