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No. 27. It seemed like an afterthought. Few even humored the notion of Tennessee losing its regular-season finale to Southeastern Conference Eastern Division rival Kentucky.

After a day in which the Volunteers couldn't force a turnover and couldn't rush for even 70 yards, they found themselves staring down the barrel of a 10-7 loss to the Wildcats.

Certain players pointed fingers afterwards, suggesting that some didn't want to be on the turf at C.M. Newton Field and some cared only about statistics.

The ugliness only got uglier from there as even the most die hard of supporters of second-year coach Derek Dooley and his staff bailed in hopes of administration holding mass firings and searching for the fourth head coach in four years.

The opinions filling up message boards mostly fall on deaf ears. Among those that count the most belong to the future of the program and the commitments in the Class of 2012.

Over half of those 20 pledges sounded off to InsideTennessee with their thoughts about whether or not losing to Kentucky and finishing 5-7 figures into their honoring their pledge.

Drae Bowles: "No sir. I love the Tennessee program. I have faith in the program."

George Bullock: "No, it does not affect my decision to go to Tennessee. I am excited to go there and help the team out any way I can."

Jason Croom: "Nope. I know all this stuff is gonna change next year. So, I'm not worried."

Khalid Henderson: "Not at all. We have talent already in place and coming in as well. Just about gelling together, and take this season to heart and working even harder for next year. All eyes are on us."

Justin King: "Nope, not at all. Things happen for a reason, but it just really made me start working even harder cause I feel like my class will turn some things around. But, at the end (of the day) we are family and that's what VFL stands for."

Nathan Peterman: "No sir. I'm still 100 percent."

Otha Peters: "No sir it don't."

Keithon Redding: "No, not at all."

Dalton Santos: "No sir it don't! I'm still a Tennessee Vol.


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