WATCH: Tennessee’s Heupel Speaks to Local Media During SEC Media Day Debut

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    Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel, who is in his first year with the Tennessee Volunteers football program, attended his first SEC Media Days event as the Volunteers’ coach on Tuesday.

    Before Heupel stepped on the main stage, the Tennessee coach met with a select group of local media members to discuss some of the biggest topics surrounding the Vols’ football team.

    Heupel spoke with the Knoxville media members about the SEC’s COVID policies, expectations for the team, and the differences between his start at Tennessee and UCF. He also answered questions about the roster, the Vols’ spring and the summer routine, and much more.

    Coach Heupel has a tricky road to navigate, as he took over a Tennessee team that finished with a record of 3-7 in 2020.

    Not to mention, Heupel has taken over a team that lost a Power 5-leading 25 players into the transfer portal.

    However, with a new regime entering Knoxville, coach Heupel is ready to turn the tide on the Tennessee program. With the help of players who have entered leadership roles, like Alontae Taylor and Velus Jones Jr., Heupel does have some really good pieces to work with.

    The Tennessee Volunteers will begin their football season on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in Neyland Stadium. The Vols will take on Bowling Green in the season opener and Josh Heupel’s Tennessee debut.



    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.