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Rajion Neal could return to Vols this weekend

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12:41 PM ET 10.31 | The Tennessee Volunteers will enter this weekend's non-conference matchup against the Troy with some potentially good news. Vols head coach Derek Dooley announced on Tuesday that the team could see the return of their leading rusher for this weekend's game. While Dooley says that the Vols' top running back, Raijon Neal, is not 100-percent healthy, he still "could definitely play." Neal led the SEC in rushing through the first five weeks of the season before going down with an ankle injury on Oct. 13 during the Vols' loss to Mississippi State. Neal was forced to miss two games because of the injury and the Vols' rushing attack struggled greatly in his absence.

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October 31, 2012  03:38 PM ET

Go Vols. Win out in 2012. Please.

October 31, 2012  05:46 PM ET
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Go Vols. Win out in 2012. Please.

Will winning out ensure the return of Dooley? And is that really what you want?

October 31, 2012  06:59 PM ET
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Will winning out ensure the return of Dooley? And is that really what you want?

No. Dooley is done even if they win out. Especially considering who the wins would be against.

October 31, 2012  11:53 PM ET

Who?

November 1, 2012  08:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Will winning out ensure the return of Dooley? And is that really what you want?

IMHO [worth about two cents] I think so. 7-5 and a possible bowl trip will cool the UTk 'fire' fever a little and buy him another year. But that's it, I think. He's simply got to show some ability to win a BIG game or he's done.

November 1, 2012  09:16 AM ET

Hart is smart (we pray). UTK's athletic department budget constraints are a greater factor than most of you acknowledge. Hart will not dismiss Dooley and absorb the staff payouts unless he's got a stellar hire in the bag, and there just aren't any out there right now. The likeliest scenario is that Dooley returns for the 2013 season under his current contact (through Feb. 2014). If the Vols do not show eye-popping improvement, Hart's crew may move quietly to line up a replacement willing to come in at the conclusion of Dooley's contract. The program will take a hit in recruiting, but Hart will be acting for the long term.

 
November 1, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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Dooley returns for the 2013 season under his current contract (through Feb. 2014).

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