Warlick had no comment on her salary, and what would she say? That she should be paid more? The truth is, she’d probably do this job for half the pay. The truth is, no one hurts more when the Lady Vols lose.

“It’s hard right now because we’ve had some bad losses but that won’t define our season, I promise you that,” Warlick said. “It’s amazing how people can give up on us halfway through a season. But I can’t control how anybody feels or thinks, all I can do is keep working.”

And Tennessee can show it still values this program by investing in all components of it at a championship level. This sport is too competitive for anyone to be hesitant, cheap and expect to stay near the top. Contact Joe Rexrode at jrexrode@tennessean.com and follow him on Twitter @joerexrode.