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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - After a late game loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday, Coach Butch Jones is asking fans to be patient.
Saturday's game came down to the last minute with the Commodores beating the Vols 14-10, crushing all hopes of a bowl game this year and fans are still hurting from the loss.
"Losing to Vanderbilt is horrible, horrible. We can't do that. We've got to dominate Vanderbilt. We have to always beat Vanderbilt," said Snapper Morgan at Monday's meeting of the Quarterback Club at Calhoun's.
Coach Butch Jones, who spoke to the club on Monday, feels their pain.
"When you have a passion or a love for this place, it hurts, and I hurt with you," Coach Jones told the crowd.
Looking back one year ago, Tennessee had just lost a blowout game against Vandy, and Coach Derek Dooley was fired. Fast forward to the aftermath of this year's game, and while fans are definitely disappointed, there is still a lot of hope surrounding Coach Butch Jones and the direction of this team.
Coach Jones spoke about Saturday's loss and also about what lies ahead.
"The most important thing is making sure of standard of excellence, our foundation, is set in place for many, many years to come," he said.
Vol fans seem to agree that looking ahead is the way to go.
"This has been a trying season for everybody but you're looking forward and that's exactly what the coach talked about when he came here, he wanted to build it, he wanted to go on from next year with years to follow," said Bill Daly at Monday's Quarterback Club meeting.
Elaine Rhodes said Saturday didn't go the way everyone hoped, but in the end it's about building the program up again.
"I'm disappointed but really we have to keep in mind we are building this program and you know somebody has to win, somebody has to lose and I'm just sad it was us," she said.
With no hope for a bowl game, UT takes on Kentucky for its final match of the season.
"Everyone asks me, what do you have to play for this week, we have a lot to play for, first of all were playing for the University of Tennessee," Coach Jones said.
Despite Saturday's loss, fans are confident the Vols with defeat the Wildcats.
"We will beat Kentucky. I promise you that," said Daly.
The Vols take on the Wildcats in Kentucky at 7:00pm on Saturday.