It has been a difficult week for the Tennessee football program, which is coming off a difficult season. But not all news has to be bad news.
This report comes on the heels of the news that Tennessee hired former UCF athletic director Danny White to replace Phil Fulmer, who stepped down after the program was accused of recruiting violations. The Volunteers are also looking for a replacement for coach Jeremy Pruitt, fired as part of the scandal.
As for the on-the-field stuff, Tennessee will be looking to return to relevance following a 3-7 season. On the bright side, White at least sounds like he has a plan.
“I’m meeting with the football team later this afternoon. I have never started a coaching search without hearing from the student-athletes,” White told the media Friday. “They know a whole lot about what’s going on. What’s going on well, what’s not going on well.”
He indicated he will also meet with the captains to gauge their feelings on a new coach.
“That’s helped me in every search that I’ve led and I think it’s been a big part of why the vast majority, if not all, of those searches have led to a better than expected first year,” White said. “Which allows a new leader to get some momentum early on.”
Right now, the Volunteers could sure use some momentum, and getting two starters back can sure help with that.