The 2012 Tennessee Volunteer football season concluded on Saturday. The Vols won’t see the field for 278 more days. That’s a long long time. Hopefully soon there will be some tangible news on who the next coach will be for the University of Tennessee. But until we get something tangible…let’s review one final time. The game (and UT’s first conference win) of 2012

The Good

An SEC win and the avoidance of one of my favorite random college football facts. Tennessee and Ohio State are the only FBS schools to never have an eight loss season. Not Alabama, not Michigan, not Texas, not Notre Dame. Just UT and OSU.

Tennessee’s defense was improved against the Wildcats. They only gave up 17 points, and they had some critical¬† 4th down stops. The season ended on a positive note for the defense.

It was a nice way for the seniors to go out on top. If you read this blog last year, you know I had no love for Zach Rogers. He really stepped his game up this year. I appreciated him and those other seniors giving it their all for Tennessee #VFL.

The Bad:

The fact that the game was essentially meaningless, but that’s over now. Hopefully we won’t be writing about back-to-back bowl-less years for a long long time.

The Ugly

That we won’t get to see Tyler Bray, Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson again this season.¬† What a wasted offensive explosion. The Vols averaged 37 points per game, they were fun to watch. I have no inside information, but my gut says we have seen the end of at least two of them in orange and white. ¬† One of the new coaches first orders of business will be to talk to these three and Juwuan James to see if they would stay. Hunter said as much in his post-game remarks on Saturday. Only thing left to do now is wait.