The rumors are out there.
I'd love to see the Vols do this, if only so that they can "show cause" to the NCAA why James Patrick Tressel should be employed. Might be nice to see somebody -- ANYBODY -- outside of Ohio make the case. Because there's one to be made. One would have expected at least one national writer to step up and argue exactly why Buckeye fans were honoring Tressel at the Michigan game last weekend. But there's more hay to be made in pandering to the fans of 119 other teams than in writing something thoughtful that might encourage folks to drop their torches and pitchforks into angles of repose.
The truth is that college football is not better off without Jim Tressel coaching. Maybe the media doesn't see much value in sitting down and weighing the pluses and minuses in any meaningful way, but if the Tennessee athletics department wants to do that -- and put it in writing -- I'm sure it will make for a nice read.