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Tennessee Governor Says UT Football “Can’t Be Average”

gfx - they said itIn today’s world — with hundreds of HD games on television each week, ticket prices rising, and Americans becoming more and more accustomed to getting what they want when they want it — college football programs have to win.  Now.  A lot.  The problem, of course, is that not everybody can win.  Now.  A lot.

Those that don’t win regularly see their attendance numbers fall.  Revenue drops as a result.  Just ask Tennessee governor Bill Haslam about the flagship football program in the Volunteer State:


“They can’t be average, and you hate to say it that way, but financially it just doesn’t work.  They have to fill that stadium up.  They get the benefit of being part of the SEC and all the TV money that comes with that, but at the end of the day, if they can’t fill that stadium up and sell concessions, then not just the football program but all the other sports that benefit from a strong football program suffer…

“If you want to be bottom line about it, it shows why UT-Knoxville has to be good in football.  You have a whole program that’s set up with a 100,000-seat Neyland Stadium, and it’s a program that supports all the other sports other than basketball and provides scholarships back to the university.”


The irony is that the biggest and most powerful benefactor of the University of Tennessee and its athletic department over the past few decades has been Governor Haslam’s own family.


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The govenor is correct. This last year Tennessee's program was not "average," but they would have loved to have been called average in 2012.


What a stupid statement, any program can be average, all you had to do was ask a Gator fan a couple of years ago, we could have confirmed that......


UT ranked 11 of 14 in recruiting within a week of signing day.  They'll have to move up a little to get to average.


I know UT fans will blame this year's poor recruiting on the coaching change and the poor season, but Auburn had a coaching change too and a worse season.  Auburn is ranked 13 nationally and will probably end up in the top 10.  Butch Jones has never recruited well.

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