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KNOXVILLE — A bizarre finish didn’t deter University of Tennessee football coaches and players from understanding how far the Volunteers came in year 1 of the Derek Dooley Era.

KNOXVILLE — Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox told several people in the University of Tennessee football program Thursday night and Friday morning that he planned to stay with the Volunteers, and not take a similar position

Despite the controversial finish to Thursday's Music City Bowl, Vols players and coaches say they should have beaten North Carolina.

NASHVILLE — Da’Rick Rogers nearly made a major mistake in the second quarter and late in the third quarter Thursday night, but the former Calhoun (Ga.) High School All-American more than made up for it.

NASHVILLE - After further review, college football finishes can be crazier than LSU and Tennessee earlier this season.

By its own merits, tonight’s Music City Bowl is a mediocre bowl game between two teams nowhere near the nation’s elite.

NASHVILLE -- On a cold Christmas day down in Calhoun, Ga., with three inches of snow covering the ground, Da'Rick Rogers layered up and ran sprints around his neighborhood's Cul-de-sac.

NASHVILLE -- The forecast is less than perfect -- a high of 46 degrees, low of 44 and 30 percent chance of rain showers.

NASHVILLE -- With all major college football programs now playing 12-game regular seasons, bowl games counting toward statistics and some teams playing 14 games, rushing for 1,000 yards may not mean as much to some.

Things have changed drastically in the 20 years from Derek Dooley’s college football-playing days to now.

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