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Monday, February 25, 2013
Haney: The renovation of Tennessee football

By Edward Aschoff

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The identifying color around here is not exactly a guarded secret. If you're from East Tennessee, you are somewhat-to-overtly obsessive about Pantone 151; if you're not, you loathe it to the point of nausea.

Orange is perpetually abundant on the University of Tennessee campus, and these days that's especially true. Traffic cones and barricades are a similar hue to the one that defines the school, and a number of them line the streets and adjacent construction sites.

Things are a mess. It's difficult to get around the various building projects. It doesn't particularly appear pleasing. So that's the downside.

The positive: There's a plan. Despite the setbacks and inconveniences, there's the promise that one day things will be improved.

You're smart. You probably already know where this is going. Butch Jones, hired Dec. 7 as the school's fourth football coach in five years, inherited a similar mess. But he is insistent that he has a plan and things will soon be restored, just as the campus construction continues around him. Pardon the dust. Tennessee football, the once-proud program, is under construction.

To read more of Travis Haney's piece on Tennessee's program, click here Insider.