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He must restore a sense of order to a program that has lacked stability amid all these coaching changes. He also must win over a fan base that sought a bigger name and doesn’t know much about him beyond the fact his Bearcats couldn’t beat Dooley’s Vols a year ago.

“You don’t move backward,” Hart said. “You move forward. I think that’s what we have to do now as a fan base. Our alumni, our fan base, we’ve got to come back together as one. We’ve got to come back together and get Tennessee football back where we all want it.”

Hart believes he’s found the guy to get Tennessee there, even if he wasn’t the Vols’ first pick.


AP Sports Writers Joe Kay in Cincinnati, Larry Lage in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Teresa Walker in Nashville, contributed to this report.