OutKick’s SEC Sitdown: Tennessee Head Coach Josh Heupel Joins The Show

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KNOXVILLE — After a successful 2021 season, Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel is leading his team into the first week of spring practice 2022. The Vols are looking to take the next step under Heupel and quarterback Hendon Hooker and start climbing back into the fight for the SEC East.

Coach Heupel sat down with me, and we discussed plenty of topics, including putting the NCAA investigation behind them, the positive momentum on the recruiting trail and on the field, embracing the new world of NIL, letting the players build their own leaders, the ‘injuries’ that stop play, and Hendon Hooker.

A couple of highlights to listen for:

  • Josh Heupel is not running from NIL. He knows his program has to adapt with the times.
  • The moment Heupel knew everything would be ‘OK’ after the trip to Gainesville last season.

Keep following OutKick for more interviews in our ‘Sitdown’ series, as we navigate around the SEC leading up to the 2022 season.

Written by Trey Wallace

Trey Wallace is the host of The Trey Wallace Podcast that focuses on a mixture of sports, culture, entertainment along with his perspective on everything from College Football to the College World Series.

Wallace has been covering college sports for 15 years, starting off while attending the University of South Alabama. He’s broken some of the biggest college stories including the Florida football “Credit Card Scandal” along with the firing of Jim McElwin and Kevin Sumlin. Wallace also broke one of the biggest stories in college football in 2020 around the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations against Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

Wallace also appears on radio across seven different states breaking down that latest news in college sports.

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