This isn't VolNation...
I know some will say it's hypocritical for me to make this type of comment because I occasionally reference Florida State, but there's a big difference. FSU is our primary rival and we've only beaten them once since 2010. How we fare in that rivalry directly affects the quality of our recruiting, which we all know is the lifeblood of any program. A lot of what I've posted about FSU is intended to draw comparisons and highlight deficiencies such that they can be adequately addressed and make us more competitive.
Tennessee is an entirely different animal. Have we had a rivalry with them? I would say that in the 90's it became somewhat of a rivalry just because the winner of that game was virtually a lock to go to Atlanta (and most likely win the conference championship). However, it's not a rivalry like FSU that directly affects the fortunes of our program. We could lose to UT every year and still be in position to get to Atlanta (they play Alabama every year and haven't beaten them in nearly a decade, so they basically have a 1 game margin of error baked in) and, more importantly, recruit at a high level. No offense to the Tennessee fans on here, but their program just hasn't accomplished anything of significance since 1998 to make consistently beating them as valuable as other programs. Certainly not even close to the same ballpark as FSU. The Noles would have destroyed Tennessee since 2010.
If Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher, Urban Meyer are doing something different, unique, etc., we need to pay attention. Butch Jones and UT? Not so much. They just haven't proven that they're worth the attention at this point. They also have such low quality, in-state high school football that they are forced to recruit nationally (traditionally UT has allocated larger portions of their budget for longer recruiting trips to California, for example...Clausen, Ainge, Foster, etc. all products of west coast investment...they also used to schedule a lot of home-and-home's with Pac 12 teams to increase exposure). While they get some FL kids here and there, they aren't going to ever be the in-state competitor that FSU, Alabama, UGA will be...let's just be honest about that.
So, I just don't see why Tennessee fans think we even care about developments within their program right now? It's really not much different than something that would happen at Arkansas, Nebraska, Kentucky, West Virginia, etc....it doesn't affect us, so please stop crowding our board with updates.
Our priority is winning back the state of FL (which based on current recruiting trends it seems we are in position to do). We are focused on increasing the amount of talent we pull away from FSU, Alabama, etc., and then beating them on the field. That's just the reality of our moment right now. Why? Because if we are out-recruiting FSU and beating them consistently, it means we're going to have as much talent as anyone in the country and have a great chance to beat anyone we play, including Bama, Clemson, Ohio St, etc. The same cannot be said for UT - being a program that out recruits UT and beats them consistently is worth roughly an Outback or Music City Bowl right now - some years a Citrus, perhaps. But targeting UT isn't going to get us in the national title picture.
So, give it up and understand you don't really matter. All due respect.