Jones preaches "This is Your Team" to fans in Memphis
MEMPHIS (KNS) — The Tennessee coaches who boarded a pre-dawn flight on Thursday were handed a manila folder to study between gulps of coffee.
Recruiting is about details, and one day after the Vols signed the first class of the Butch Jones era, no details were being overlooked.
By the time the fleet of private jets carrying Jones and his entourage had completed the one-hour flight from Knoxville to Memphis International Airport, each coach knew the names and background of the people who would be strategically seated at their table.
Jay Graham steals the show in Nashville
NASHVILLE (KNS) — Several Tennessee assistant coaches were relaxing in the back of their chartered bus outside the downtown Hilton, trading laughs as they reviewed their performances at the podium on Thursday.
There was one thing on which they agreed: Running backs coach Jay Graham was stealing the show.
"Jay needs to go last," offensive line coach Don Mahoney joked after wrapping up the Nashville appearance.
Vols' defensive switch draws rave reviews in Knoxville
KNOXVILLE (KNS) -- Defensive coordinator John Jancek had just started talking about his defensive philosophy when he was interrupted by applause Thursday night at Neyland Stadium.
He had uttered the magic numbers: 4-3.
Tennessee's failed experiment with the 3-4 defense (that is, three down linemen and four linebackers) produced one of the worst defenses in the country in 2012.
Jancek and head coach Butch Jones are returning the Vols to the 4-3.