Tennessee football’s 10-year trend

This is the 11th 12th in a series looking at the 10-year trends of SEC football teams.

Here is a look at Tennessee’s 10-year trend.

The Vols have been trending downward for quite some time with Derek Dooley being the latest casualty. The son of Vince went just 15-21 in three seasons as the Vols coach. Tennessee went 6-7, 5-7 and 5-7, including a 5-19 record in the SEC during Dooley’s three seasons.

It wasn’t much better under his predecessor. Lane Kiffin stayed all of one season in Knoxville, going 7-6 before skipping out to USC where he is now on the hot seat.

Ah, the days of Phil Fulmer. Tennessee was 152-52 under Fulmer from 1992 to 2008. That included a national title in 1998. The Vols slipped to 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the league Fulmer’s last year, 2008. Before that, however, they won 10-or-more games in four of the previous seven seasons.

There is new hope with new coach Butch Jones, the former Cincinnati mentor who is putting together an impressive recruting class in Knoxville for 2014. Jones was 23-14 in three seasons following Brian Kelly at Cincinnati after going 27-13 in three seasons following Kelly at Central Michigan.

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