Filed by Gentry Estes, Staff Writer
What a cruel sport this can be.
Tennessees players couldnt have taken Saturdays loss to Wichita State much harder, as those smiles and confidence weve seen all season turned to youthful tears.
These are kids, and they felt they let down you, the average Vols fan.
But they didnt. At all.
They played so hard they won games they had no business winning. They were overmatched, and they never thought so. It was only when the losses begin to pile up late in the season that the Vols finally realized how fallible they really were, and that was the magic ingredient missing these final few weeks.
But sooner or later it will sink in just how special there accomplishments were. Sure, it could have been better. But just look at what has occurred since this time last year, when the program was in ruins, without a head coach, and riding a four-year NCAA tournament drought with no relief in sight.
Would those Vols players have cried more if the SEC tournament loss ended the season? Or if theyd gone down in the first round of the NIT tournament?
Of course not.
In pain, there can be promise. And on this cold night on Tobacco Road, I can tell you theres plenty of promise for the future of Tennessee men's basketball.