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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.