Butch Jones is hoping to carry the momentum he's been building since he arrived at UT right into the upcoming season, and brick by brick, he's ready to take the Vols back to national prominence.
Jones appeared at his first SEC Media Days since accepting the head coaching job at Tennessee.
Overall, Jones is very pleased with where the team is right now. He says he likes "our body of work right now," specifically mentioning the team's strength and conditioning, leadership, academics, and how they hold each other accountable.
As he's said ever since he was hired at Tennessee, Jones is proud to be at Tennessee, thrilled to be playing in the SEC. Though he knows there is a lot of work to do.
He knows there are high expectations, from the university, the fans, even other coaches. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday he thought the Vols might surprise a few people this year.
Jones agreed that's flattering, but said they've got to prove it on the field. He said they could only control what they can control. If the team does what he knows they are capable of, he said all that other stuff will take care of itself. He insisted the only way to bring the Vols back to national prominence, is to win. He said that's Tennessee's rightful place, and they are going to work hard to get back there.
Kris Budden is at SEC Media Days. You can watch her reports on 10News at 5 and 6, and online here at WBIR.com.
Tennessee's new head coach will take the stage for his first SEC Media Days on Tuesday afternoon.
Butch Jones will be joined by players Antonio Richardson, Ja'Wuan James, and Jacques Smith when he meets the press at 12:20 pm.
You can watch live coverage at UT Sports.com, and we will have a full recap of the day on WBIR.com and on 10News at 5 and 6.
The SEC Media Days kicked off Tuesday, with thousands of media and fans converging on Hoover, Alabama, to talk football.
On Tuesday, coaches and players from Florida, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina took center stage.
Tennessee is up on Wednesday, along with Texas A&M, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Auburn, and Arkansas.
Thursday, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and Vanderbilt are in the spotlight.
10Sports Kris Budden is at SEC Media Days. Keep checking back here for her reports.