''In this day of college football, you've got the haves and have-nots, and we're one of those in a league that does not have a lot money coming into it from television contracts, bowl games and things of that nature,'' he added. ''If you're in a non-BCS conference I believe you've got to play as tough a caliber of teams as you can to give you any kind of chance to play for something big (a major bowl game) at the end of the year. We came very close in 2001 but didn't get it done.
''Anybody that's a Div. 1 football coach goes into the season hoping for an opportunity at the end of the season to play for something that's important. Every time Tennessee lines up, they're playing with the hopes of playing for a national championship. It's a longshot for us -- a very, very, very big longshot -- but you might as well take a shot at it.''