Tennessee Coaches Hit the Recruiting Trail Following Win Over Ball State

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    Tennessee’s assistant coaches on the recruiting trail following Thursday’s season-opening victory over Ball State. Photo via Alex Golesh (@CoachGolesh) on Twitter.

    The Tennessee Volunteers are officially off to the races after starting the season with a victory over Ball State on Thursday night. And with a long weekend ahead, the Tennessee coaching staff isn’t slowing down.

    According to head coach Josh Heupel during his post-game press conference, the Tennessee coaching staff will be making some recruiting rounds this weekend before meeting back up with the team on Saturday to break down their 59-10 win over Ball State.

    “Players will be in the building,” Heupel said about the upcoming weekend. “If they’re on travel squad, make sure medically that we come out of this one the right way. Just check in on them, they’ve got class [Friday].”

    “Coaches, a majority of them will be out recruiting, including myself,” Heupel said on Thursday. “And then Saturday morning we’re back in the building. We’ll watch it together for the first time. Obviously, everyone will watch it tomorrow as they get out on the road recruiting, flying, or whatever it might be, and then our players will be in Saturday and we’re able to tie a ribbon on this one and move on to the next one.”

    On Friday morning, Tennessee special teams coach Mike Ekeler posted a picture of offensive line coach Glen Elarbee and defensive coordinator Tim Banks on the Vols’ private plane.

    “Got home at 1:00 a.m.,” Ekeler tweeted early on Friday morning. “Wheels up Recruiting @Vol_Football 7:00 a.m. @CoachTimBanks & @Gelarbee Sleep is overrated”

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    Tennessee offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Alex Golesh also posted to Twitter.

    Tennessee defeated Ball State by a score of 59-10 on Thursday night behind the arm (and legs) of quarterback Hendon Hooker. The returning Tennessee quarterback threw two touchdown passes to Jalin Hyatt and Walker Merrill on the night, and also found two rushing touchdowns to go along with it.

    Now, the Tennessee Volunteers turn their attention to the Pittsburgh Panthers, who also played on Thursday night. The 17th-ranked Panthers survived a back-and-forth game against West Virginia thanks to a game-winning pick-six with three minutes remaining in the game.

    With the Panthers defending home turf on Thursday night, Tennessee’s matchup with Pittsburgh next week could very well be a Top 25 ranked matchup.

    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.