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So, Tennessee won a national title...now what?

By: John Dunn

Founder, Managing Editor, Producer, Host

The All Vol Call in Show

20240701

Photo | Knoxville News Sentinel

They did it. Tennessee won a national championship. The Vols tore through everyone on the diamond this season, encapsulating a season of tremendous success with a 2-1 series victory over a very good Texas A&M team in the championship series to claim the national title.


It was the first team national title in a major men's sport since the Vols claimed the 1998 national championship in football. Tennessee fans from around the country are still reveling in joy from the victory. Many didn't believe they'd ever live to see another national title in Tennessee history, but they got it done.


Now what? What do we do now? How long will it be before the next one?


Now, we continue to enjoy the national title. Other fan bases around the country will swear that "baseball means nothing," simply because their team didn't win it. It was those same folks that were screaming the loudest until their team was knocked out or a "missed call" cost them the game. Those fan bases will always try to invalidate anything accomplished by Tennessee simply because they hate the Vols. To that, I say: "who cares"? It isn't going to change the fact that Tony Vitello and the boys were hoisting that trophy. Nothing is going to change that. Enjoy it as much as you want for as long as you want.


What we do now is wait. We wait for another opportunity to claim another national title. Tennessee finished third in the Learfield Director's Cup this season. The Director's cup is an award given annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the colleges and universities in the United States with the most success in collegiate athletics. Tennessee finished third with 1217.00 points and tallied 10 top-10 finishes among the 19 total sports that they scored in, including a national championship finish in baseball. Due to scoring in more than the 15 additional sports, one score was omitted in the final total, men's indoor track and field.

Photo | Movie Guide

This tells us two things: 1.) Tennessee is doing extremely well in athletics. 2.) They're doing it in all sports.


While some universities hang their hats on one particular sport, ie: Kentucky (men's basketball) or Vanderbilt (baseball), the University of Tennessee is an everything school. You've seen that title used by everyone from fans to Athletic Director Danny White. Tennessee truly is rising in every single sports program.


There were 26 years in between national titles in major men's sports (1998-2024). However, I don't think we will be waiting that long for the next one. Tennessee fans, the Vols are headed right back to where they belong.. the top. Enjoy the ride; it's going to be a fun one..

Photo | Vols Wire (USA Today)

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