Coach Duggs brought a national championship back to Rocky Top on Thursday night.
The Tennessee Vols, 20 (fictional) years after their last championship season in 1998, won the natty after defeating Miami 41-34.
THE TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS ARE BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FINAL SCORE: TENNESSEE 41, MIAMI 34
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) June 19, 2020
The win will undoubtedly erase the memories of the ugly loss to Virginia Tech in the 2017 national championship game.
But now it’s time for Coach Duggs to leave Rocky Top.
It was a good run. It was fun. And it brought a lot of attention to Tennessee football.
Over the last season, however, interest in Duggs and his journey seemingly waned on social media.
In fact, the official Vol Twitter account got to the point where they were barely tweeting about Duggs (after tweeting about Duggs-mania throughout the “2017 season”).
Ultimately, it was wise for the Vols to embrace Duggs. But all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, the schtick has run its course. Another season of Duggs at Tennessee would likely be met with indifference. And that’s not good for anyone.
The bad thing for Duggs is that he pretty much peaked at UT. No other program can come close to providing the social media engagement that Vol fans provided over the last several weeks.
At least the journey came to an end with a national championship. Because either way, Thursday night was going to be Duggs’ swan song on Rocky Top.
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