Enter Lane Kiffin. He has an impressive resume when it comes to recruiting and making headlines, but he has no experience leading a major college football program. However, it is his challenge to get the Vols' program back on track.
His hiring has generated a lot of excitement, and reports indicate that the returning players have embraced his approach. Enthusiasm is nice, but the Vols still face the same problems that hampered them most of last year.
The offense was abysmal in 2008, and much of the same personnel return this year. Seven starters including quarterback Jonathan Crompton are back.
The defense returns only five starters, but fortunately for
In some respects, the Vols catch a break with this year's schedule. Here it is:
Sept. 5: vs.
Sept. 12: vs. UCLA
Sept. 19: at
Sept. 26: vs.
Oct. 3: vs.
Oct. 10: vs.
Oct. 24: at
Oct. 31: vs.
Nov. 7: vs.
Nov. 14: at Ole Miss
Nov. 21: vs. Vanderbilt
Nov. 28: at
The Vols must go 3-1 in September. There is no way they will beat
This is definitely a transition year for the Vols.