You hit the nail on the head. I grew up in the Knoxville area, and I moved back to Knoxville about 10 years ago. The level of entitlement and "conference solidarity" that these fans embody is off the charts. It's one thing when you are a force to be reckoned with (you can crow all you want when you are at the top of the heap), but it's another when you haven't been relevant in 11 years.
To top it all off, Tennessee's men's athletic teams finished dead last in the collective SEC rankings this year. But you'd never know that, thanks to the blinders that their fans wear.