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Tennessee's last true high point was a decade ago

(SB Nation)
Remember when Tennessee was one of the powerhouses of the SEC? If you don’t, that’s because it’s been a good while.
Under former UT head coach Phillip Fulmer, the Volunteers enjoyed consistent success, highlighted by a national championship in 1998. That was followed up with six seasons featuring nine or more wins.
The Vols went 5-7 in 2008, Fulmer’s last season in Knoxville. Less than a month after that, Lane Kiffin was hired, fresh off being fired by the Raiders. Since then:
  • Kiffin left in the middle of the night,
  • the miserable Derek Dooley era began,
  • former players went on record calling Dooley "a loser,"
  • rival Alabama reached full power,
  • Kiffin has mercilessly trolled the Vols since he left,
  • UT endured seven straight unranked finishes,
  • Tennessee has lost to Vanderbilt three times in the last five seasons,
  • the Vols produced zero draft picks for two years,
  • Will Muschamp has gone 5-0 against the Vols,
  • and all UT has been able to claim since Fulmer left has been Butch Jones’ Champions of Life belt.
From 1997-2007, the Vols had a winning percentage of 74 percent.
From 2008-2016, that number was 51.3 percent.
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