Tennessee Volunteers

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Tennessee Volunteers
Tenn logo.png
First season2013
Head coachTazerMan
4th season, 26–9 (.743)
StadiumNeyland Stadium
(Capacity: 102,455)
Year built1921
Field surfaceGrass
LocationKnoxville, TN
All-time record82–49 (.626)
Bowl record3–6 (.333)
Playoff appearances2
Playoff record1
Conference titles1
Division titles3
Consensus All-Americans2
ColorsOrange, White, and Smokey Gray
Fight songDown the Field (official)
Rocky Top (unofficial)
MascotSmokey X

The University of Tennessee Volunteers, coached by TazerMan, are a collegiate football team playing in SEC. The Volunteers play in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, and are a member of the East division.


HaiThere era (2013-2014)

2013 Season

The Tennessee Volunteers began play in the 2013 CFBHC Season. The team began initially coachless, with SS Larry Reeves taking on the position of interim coach. They won their first game, then went through an extremely rough patch. After losing game after game, a change had to be made. In week 7, HaiThere took over the team. With a real coach at the forefront, the Volunteers turned their season around winning 5 straight to finish the season and achieving a bowl bid. There, they lost to Arizona State, but the future was on the up and up for the Vols.

2014 Season

The 2014 season was difficult for the Tennessee Volunteers as they had another year in which they faced off against top teams. The Vols finished 5-7 losing to Kentucky 14-13 in the last week to make them ineligible for a bowl game. However, the Vols did have success in recruiting, with coach HaiThere building a top 5 recruiting class. Unfortunately, due to the scandal that came to be known as "IP Gate", HaiThere was let go at the end of the season, and a search began for a new head coach.

LDYo era (2015-2016)

2015 Season

The 2015 season saw personnel changes at Tennessee, coach HaiThere had stepped down from the head coaching position and LDYo was hired to take over. The appointment was a slight shock as the Indiana coach had relatively little experience, however the new coach played many good opponents close in the 2014 season with the Hoosiers and was deemed a good candidate. LDYo quickly became a hit, as this Volunteer team played better than anyone had ever expected. The Vols went on to go 10-2, only losing to Florida and Kentucky. They also made their second ever bowl game appearance, a TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl defeat against Michigan. For the first time ever, Tennessee ended the season ranked. Most impressively of all, LDYo managed to lock down the #1 position on the nationwide recruiting rankings

2016 Season

In 2016, the Vols had a down year. LDYo's team struggled down the stretch against good SEC opponents, and a rivalry week loss to Vanderbilt knocked this squad out of bowl contention. Not only that, Tennessee ended with the #100 recruiting class in the nation, which was a severe let down after their former #1 rated class. At the end of the season, LDYo resigned from the position, and former Nevada head coach SageBow was brought in to be the third coach in the history of the Volunteers.

SageBow Era (2017-present)

2017 Season

Once again with a new head coach, the Tennessee Volunteers roared to life. SageBow led this team to 5 straight wins to enter the season, but received their first loss against Kentucky. Two major wins against #4 Missouri and #8 Florida rocketed the Volunteers to #8, their highest rank in several years. Unfortunately, two straight defeats to #7 Georgia and #13 Mississippi State sent the Volunteers back to earth. For the third time in this program's history, Tennessee was bowl eligible.

2018 Season

The Vols were highly regarded at the beginning of the season, but a slow first month left them at 2-2. Tennessee quickly bounced back to rattle off 3 straight away wins, but were downed in a shootout against Matty Swift and Texas A&M. With a possibility of them dropping out of the Coaches Poll looming over their minds, Tennessee rattled off 4 straight victories in the final month to seal the SEC East Title. From there, they played a hard fought game against #1 Alabama, a game they were unable to win. They would receive an invitation to the 2018 Citrus Bowl, but were defeated by the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

2019 Season

The Vols began the season with a scintillating five game winning streak as they knocked off SEC East rivals Georgia and Kentucky on their way to tie their record high ranking, #6 in the nation. Against Auburn and the first start of freshman quarterback Marcus Black, the Vols faultered and were stunned in Jordan-Hare for their first loss of the season. They went on to win out the rest of their regular season games, claiming a SEC East Division title and an SEC Conference Championship against LSU.

The Vols were slotted in as the 4th seed of the playoffs and triumphed against Baylor in the Quarterfinals to set up a highly anticipated matchup against Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl. There, the Volunteers were sorely beaten, knocking them out of championship contention. Still, this amounted to the best campaign the Volunteers have ever had, and looked to put them on a bright path going forward.

2020 Season

After three seasons of Julius Thomas, 2020 would be the first quarterback change in the Vols history under SageBow. Adrian Goldson performed well, but the Vols limped out to a 1-2 start, including a humiliating loss to [USF]. After a team meeting, the Vols rattled off 6 straight wins, including victories over Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. The win was knocked out of this team's sails after Tucker Dowden and the Missouri Tigers beat the Vols in Columbia, then the Kentucky Wildcats stunned the Vols in Lexington after a poor performance from Goldson. The Vols ended the season with a big overtime victory against Vanderbilt, ending the season 2nd in the SEC East.

2021 Season

People were optimistic in Knoxville after a strong freshman year from Adrian Goldson, but the season didn't start in the best way with a loss in a 9-7 game against TCU. A loss to the Gators and then Maryland and Georgia were made worse by the weak play of Goldson, who was tasked with throwing the ball all around the yard, something he clearly wasn't up to. Alabama came next, and the Vol's turned things up a notch, winning 30-27. Shortly after this, long time coach SageBow stepped down, citing personal issues.

TazerMan Era (2021-present)

2021 Season

After SageBow stepped down, a search was started for a new coach to lead the Vols to glory once again. TazerMan, who had coached Kent State to their first bowl and a 6-7 record and an 0-5 record in 2021, was hired. The team picked up, getting a comfortable win against FAU. This was followed by a shift to a more balanced offense, which payed dividends, as Tennessee went on to upset then #6 South Carolina and #2 Auburn, finishing the season at 7-5 and 5-3 in the SEC. This was followed by a close bowl loss to Notre Dame.

2022 Season

Coming into Adrian Goldson's Junior year and his second year under TazerMan expectations were rising in Knoxville, ranked just outside the Top 25 and projected as the number 22 team by the Chicago Tribune. The season started poorly with a demolition at the hands of Nebraska, and at Week 11 the Vols sat at 4-4 with 2 losses in conference play, with a 14-10 loss to Georgia essentially eliminating the hopes of a Championship game appearance. The Vols rebounded, going on a 4 game win streak to close the regular season at 8-4 (6-2). They were invited to play in the Orange Bowl, and beat Duke to take their 3rd ever bowl victory, and finished ranked #24.

2023 Season

Year 3 of the TazerMan era was the most successful yet, going 11-1 in the regular season with their only loss being to the Georgia Bulldogs by 3 points. They then played the LSU Tigers in the SEC Championship Game and the Fiesta Bowl Quarterfinal, losing both games. This was the second most successful season in program history, led by one of the best defenses in the country and an efficient offense headed by redshirt Senior Adrian Goldson.

All-time record vs. SEC opponents

This is the Vols' football record against current Southeastern Conference opponents through the 2023 season.

School Total Games W L T Pct. PF PA First Year Last Year Streak
Alabama 7 4 3 0 0.571 133 144 2014 2023 W1
Arkansas 1 1 0 0 1.000 45 21 2023 2023 W1
Auburn 3 2 1 0 0.667 60 75 2013 2021 W1
Florida 11 6 5 0 0.545 232 239 2013 2023 W2
Georgia 11 4 7 0 0.364 182 202 2013 2023 L3
Kentucky 10 5 5 0 0.500 244 210 2014 2023 W3
LSU 5 1 4 0 0.200 77 97 2016 2023 L3
Mississippi State 2 1 1 0 0.500 45 51 2017 2022 W1
Missouri 11 7 4 0 0.636 271 289 2013 2023 W2
Ole Miss 1 1 0 0 1.000 11 8 2013 2013 W1
South Carolina 11 11 0 0 1.000 321 157 2013 2023 W11
Texas A&M 1 0 1 0 0.000 42 52 2018 2018 L1
Vanderbilt 11 10 1 0 0.917 287 157 2013 2023 W7
13 Opponents 85 53 32 0 0.624 1950 1702 11 Seasons

Season-by-Season Records

Coach(es) Year Conference Overall Record Conference Record Bowl Final CP Ranking
Wins Losses Wins Losses
Tennessee Volunteers
Vacant 2013 SEC 1 6 0 2 Meineke Car Care Texas Bowl vs Arizona State (17–28) -
HaiThere 5 1 5 0
2014 5 7 3 4 - -
LDYo 2015 10 3 5 2 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl vs Michigan (14-23) 21
2016 5 7 1 6 - -
SageBow 2017 10 3 4 3 Weis Markets Bowl vs Pittsburgh (31-10) 15
2018 9 5 5 3 Citrus Bowl vs Minnesota (17-31) 20
2019 13 2 7 1 Quarterfinal vs Baylor (34-14)
Fiesta Bowl vs Penn State (13-35)
2020 8 5 5 3 Citrus Bowl vs Michigan State (25-28) -
2021 1 4 1 2 Music City Bowl vs Notre Dame (20-23) -
TazerMan 6 2 4 1
2022 9 4 6 2 Orange Bowl vs Duke Blue Devils (28-7) 24
2023 11 3 7 3 Fiesta Bowl vs LSU Tigers (13-24) #6
Total Games: 145 93 52 53 32
National Champions Conference Champions Bowl game berth

Bowl History

Tennessee has appeared in ten bowl games in its history, posting a record of 3-7

Season Bowl Opponent Result
2013 Meineke Car Care Texas Bowl Arizona State L, 17–28
2015 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl Michigan L, 14-23
2017 Weis Markets Bowl Pittsburgh W, 31-10
2018 Citrus Bowl Minnesota L, 17-31
2019 Quarterfinals Baylor W, 34-14
2019 Semifinals Penn State L, 13-35
2020 Citrus Bowl Michigan State L, 25-28
2021 Music City Bowl Notre Dame L, 20-23
2022 Orange Bowl Duke W, 28-7
2023 Fiesta Bowl LSU L, 13-24
Total 10 Bowl Games 3-7 -

History and Awards

Head Coaches


Anthony Miller - 2017 CFBHC Season
Anthony Miller - 2019 CFBHC Season
Parker Holmes - 2021 CFBHC Season
James Jones - 2023 CFBHC Season
Blake Barney - 2023 CFBHC Season
Matt Leavitt - 2023 CFBHC Season


  • 2017
Anthony Miller
  • 2021
Owen Hein

All-SEC Players


LDYo - 2015 CFBHC Season
TazerMan - 2023 CFBHC Season

External links