It seems to be in a really, really bad place. You kind of saw guys starting to get comfortable with losing toward the end of the Fulmer era. Whether it was a guy (a native Tennessean no less) talking on his cell phone during an embarrassing bowl loss or a senior wide receiver giggling on the sideline after dropping a drive extending pass on third down, guys just didn't seem to care. Players laying down after games against Florida and Georgia got out of hand reinforced this notion. Kiffin's staff and some of the players said as much about the competitive spirit during the Fulmer-Kiffin transition. We saw some effort issues toward the end of the Kiffin era and they've continued into the Dooley years. We had guys pleased with the end of a 26 year winning streak because it meant they didn't have to suffer the indignity of another few weeks of practice and a bottom-level bowl game. Players don't seem to be developing individually, either. Cedric Houston never lived up to his potential, then had a thyroid condition diagnosed and treated while in the NFL and became a starter for the Jets. Arian Foster seemed to get worse during his time here and he is now among the best backs in the NFL. Guys like Marvin Mitchell and Robert Meachem didn't manage much outside of one season here but have been hanging around the league for years. I'm sure you can think of other pros that didn't do a whole lot while at Tennessee. Are they not getting proper coaching? Were they not properly motivated during their time here? Off the field issues have been equally disturbing. Back in 2004 we had a tight end beat the crap out of his girlfriend a couple of months before going on an insane tirade that included threatening a professor, removing clothing outside TREC, harassing students for not recognizing him, resisting arrest, and attempting to escape police custody. He didn't miss any games. Then you the DT from Hawaii that arrived on campus a non-drinker and became an All-American his first season. His second season was far less impressive and his draft stock suffered. A few years later he was out of the NFL and died while driving intoxicated. Then you have the wild offensive lineman from Maryville that died a year after leaving Knoxville and whose parents, Tennessee alumni themselves, blame the University for his fate. We had a four year starter at QB have issues with narcotics during his time here. More recently you have a robbery at a gas station basically on campus and an off-duty police officer beaten nearly to death in a bar fight. In between all these episodes are dozens if not hundreds of more minor incidents. All of this has occurred during a championship drought as long as any a living UT fan can recall. The team has gotten progressively worse on the field over the last ten years. The team GPA is 2.08. A host of current players have serious attitude issues. Da'Rick Rogers is a full-blown menace. Despite attempts to change the culture with the VFL program, things just don't seem to be getting any better. How abnormal is all this for a college football program? I know they all have issues with players, but this had to be beyond normal. Is Dooley capable of fixing this? Is anyone?