With precision and accuracy in view, we turn to a world-recognized expert on predictions and advice who is certain to cut through all of the noise and to provide us with the insight we need. Since 1946, the Magic 8-Ball® (Tyco) has been a steady source of reliable information for millions of Americans. Rumored to be the basis for 83% of U. S. Supreme Court decisions and the "brains" behind many 1997 Heisman votes, the 8-Ball® is eminently qualified to answer our deepest Vol football questions.
We caught up with the 8-Ball® on vacation with his family in Myrtle Beach recently. He was gracious enough to grant an exclusive interview.
8-Ball®: Yes - definitely.
KC: First off, the big question. Are the Vols struggles of 2005 behind them?
8-Ball®: Reply hazy, try again.
KC: Well, I mean, for starters, will we see Tennessee fail to make a bowl game?
8-Ball®: Very doubtful.
KC: So, will Tennessee be an elite team, in competition for the league title?
8-Ball®: My sources say no.
KC: Is the return of David Cutcliffe enough to put the Vols offense back together again?
8-Ball®: As I see it, yes.
KC: What about Erik Ainge? Do you expect a big year from him?
8-Ball®: Cannot predict now.
KC: Well, do you think Ainge will be the starter all season?
8-Ball®: Signs point to yes.
KC: The Vol defense will be replacing much of the front seven. Can Chavis reload instead of rebuild?
8-Ball®: Outlook not so good.
KC: Will we see any major changes in the Vol approach to special teams?
8-Ball®: Most likely.
KC: Most people I have asked say their biggest question mark is the Vol offensive line. Is that the way you see it Magic 8-ball?
8-Ball®: It is decidedly so.
KC: Some questions about Vol opponents. Is Cal equal in talent to a top SEC team?
8-Ball®: Without a doubt.
8-Ball®: Better not tell you now.
KC: What about Richt? Can we say he is one of the best coaches in America?
8-Ball®: It is certain.
KC: How about Les Miles? Is he at LSU for the long haul?
8-Ball®: My reply is no.
8-Ball®: Don't count on it.
KC: OK, back to the Vols. Will Tennessee be much better than they were in 2005?
8-Ball®: You may rely on it.
KC: Will they win 9 games?
8-Ball®: Concentrate and ask again.
KC: OK, then, umm, do you think they will win at least 8 games?
8-Ball®: Outlook good.
KC: Fair enough. Listen, you've been great, 8-ball. I hope you have time for one final question. How much longer do you foresee Phil Fulmer leading the Vols?
8-Ball®: Ask again later.