After Vanderbilt won their bowl game for that team's ninth win of the season - along with a No. 23 national ranking - it became official. The University of Tennessee has hit rock bottom in football.
Contrary to the opinion of some fans who doggedly hold on to the notion that UT still matters in college football in 2012, it is over. Vandy, as the old joke says, IS the University of Tennessee for the moment.
The following is a list of five reasons - among several others - why the Tennessee program will turn the corner, beginning next season. No one is more ready to see a team turn it around than UT fans.