Fans show support for Vols during time of transition

7:10 PM, Nov 24, 2012   |    comments
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Despite a victory against the Kentucky Wildcats, the Vols have faced a tough season.

A series of disappointing losses led to the end of head coach Derek Dooley. But many Vol fans didn't let that stop them from supporting their team Saturday, even if there were fewer of them.

The announcers said 81,841 people attended the game compared to 101,000 the last time the Vols hosted Kentucky in 2010.

Life long Vol fan, Lynn Murray, said his tailgating spot doesn't look like it did at the beginning of the year.

"There's not many people up here. This place is usually packed," said Murray.

Much of the fan's hope faded early on, after Florida beat the team at home, followed by every other SEC team the Vols played until Saturday.

"This has been a disheartening season for me," he said.

Victories are not the only reason Murray and his friends come to the games.

"The seniors deserve this. The fifth year seniors were recruited by Coach Fulmer. If you're a true Tennessee fan you're here today," he said.

"[I] drove all the way from Fort Smith, Arkansas which is a 10 hour drive," said Daniel Sturgill. "It's been a tough year but I still wanted to come back and see a game and support them. I knew the crowd wasn't going to be very big and they needed all the support they could get."

Now that the season is behind them, fans are looking ahead. A new coach is on the way and that brings with it a new sense of hope.

"There's better days around the corner," said Murray.

Although they do not know who that new coach will be yet, fans say they'll be there next season to cheer him on.



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