WATCH: Rick Barnes Talks New Look Vols

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    Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes met with the media Wednesday ahead of his team’s second preseason practice.

    The Vols are coming off an offseason of turnover which saw them lose seven scholarship players— three to the NBA and four to the transfer portal— and bring in seven prep prospects and one transfer.

    With that many new faces, there are plenty of questions facing Barnes’ seventh Tennessee team as they’re just under six weeks away from the season opener.

    Barnes addressed some of those questions Wednesday, going into detail about how the new and old faces are meshing. The Vols head coach also discussed Tennessee’s January road trip to Texas— where Barnes spent 17 seasons as head coach.

    Tennessee started strong last season, climbing as high as No. 6 in the rankings in January before sputtering down the stretch. The Vols earned a five-seed in the NCAA Tournament before Oregon State upset them in the first round.

    Stay tuned to Rocky Top Insider all fall for updates on the team heading into the season opener against UT Martin.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.