HOOVER, Ala. (WHNT) – From Mississippi State, Coach Dan Mullen, Kaleb Eulls, Benardrick McKinney, and Tyler Russell are here. From Tennessee, Coach Butch Jones, Antonio Richardson, Ja’Wuan James, and Jacques Smith are here.
Jones: There’s some things we won’t compromise. We want to play an uptempo game. We will slow it down if we need to, but we want to have an uptempo team. We’re not going to be a finesse team, we’re going to be an aggressive team. We want our playmakers to have the ball.
Jones has won four conference championships in six seasons as a head coach, including the Big East title in 2011 and 2012 with Cincinnati and the 2007 and 2009 Mid-American Conference titles at Central Michigan.
This is Jones’ first season at the University of Tennessee. He is the 24th head coach of the Vols. Jones has a 50-27 record in six seasons as a head coach and comes from the University of Cincinnati, where he finished with a 23-14 record.
Mullen on having four different defensive coordinators in the last five years: Well, we have the defensive co-coordinators, so we don’t have much turnover. Those guys have gone on to bigger and better things, and that is to be expected.