WATCH: Josh Heupel Talks To Local Media At SEC Media Days

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    A few hours after taking questions from the national and regional media on the big stage at SEC Media Days, Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel talked to the local media to end his trip to Atlanta.

    In his second media days as Tennessee’s head coach, Heupel quipped about the Vols’ loss to Ole Miss, discussed NIL and where his program is now compared to a year ago.

    Talking to the local media, Heupel tackled a number of subjects on his team and the future of college football.

    Heupel revealed that USC receiver transfer Bru McCoy is still not eligible after not playing in 2021 and transferring to Tennessee earlier in the offseason.

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    The former Oklahoma quarterback discussed the benefits of NIL at a program with the size and support of Tennessee football. Heupel also discussed a number rules topics varying from the recruiting calendar, permanent opponents for Tennessee in the expanded SEC and how he thinks the NCAA should address fake cramps to help pace of play.

    “They’re looking for some consistency of playing time for TV purposes,” Heupel said of a SEC rule proposals that would allow the clock to run on incomplete passes. “I’d start with fake cramps and trying to rule that out of the game.”

    “There are a lot of different options. If you’re injured during the course of a drive player safety would say we need to make sure we take some time and truly evaluate this guy and probably keep him off the field for that drive.”

    See what all Heupel had to say to the local media Thursday.

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