Tennessee’s seniors have endured 4-year SEC record of 6-25

Ja'Wuan James

Senior Ja’Wuan James talks to reporters at SEC Media Days in August (AP photo by Dave Martin)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee’s seniors are rallying around the idea of finishing the season 1-0.

The alternative is too depressing to think about.

The Vols (4-7, 1-6 SEC) play Kentucky (2-9, 1-6) on Saturday in Lexington (TV: ESPNU, 7 p.m.)

Win or lose, Tennessee’s seniors will leave with the worst four-year record in school history.

You can read my full story in the News Sentinel’s HUGE Thanksgiving Day paper.

As of today, Tennessee is 20-28 overall and 6-25 in the SEC since 2010.

The numbers are so astonishingly bad that I double-checked just to make sure that I wasn’t miscalculating. I wasn’t.

What’s even more remarkable is this: Tennessee’s signing class was ranked No. 7 nationally in 2009 and No. 8 in 2010 (according to the 247Sports Composite ratings, which aggregate all major recruiting services).

That’s an important reminder that recruiting is only one part of the equation. Developing and retaining the most talented players when they arrive on campus is equally important.