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Tennessee football #PracticeGram: Images from Monday’s practice

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee’s practice on Monday was the first time we got to see significant 11-on-11 work with our own eyes.

We could see some more on Tuesday night when the Vols don full pads and practice for the fifth time.

In the meantime, here are some images from Day 4 of camp.

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Tennessee football: Practice highlights and interviews from Day 1 (videos)


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The Vols will retake the field for their second practice of training camp at about 3:40 p.m. this afternoon.

In the meantime, check out our collection of videos from the first day, including some shots of newcomers Josh Dobbs, Riley Ferguson and MarQuez North (above).



Butch Jones invites distractions — baby crying, car alarm wailing — during practice: View from the sidelines (updated)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee coach Butch Jones promised a few random — and annoying — practice distractions during his pre-spring press conference. 


On Tuesday morning, he delivered.


A baby crying. A siren screeching. An airplane taking off. A car alarm wailing incessantly.

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Tennessee still hitting in 1st practice after scrimmage: What we saw from the sidelines

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Three days after the first scrimmage of the season, the Tennessee football team was back indoors, but there was still plenty of pads crunching.

During one scrimmage-like team session on Tuesday morning, head coach Butch Jones was so thrilled with the way the defense swarmed to the ball, he made an impromptu decision.

“When you swarm to the ball, you get rewarded,” Jones yelled into his mic. “For the next three plays, the quarterback is LIVE.”

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Tennessee coaches are on Twitter, but are they doing their own tweeting?

twitter-logo-bird.gifKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Much has been written about the ambitious social media efforts of Tennessee’s new football coaching staff. Fans have been fascinated and intrigued.

But I still get one persistent question: Do the coaches really do their own tweeting?

My answer: Generally, yes, I think so.

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Tennessee’s new staff will get 44 percent raise over 2012 salaries (with spreadsheet)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Most members of Butch Jones’ new Tennessee coaching staff got healthy raises to come to Knoxville, according to salary data released today.

New coordinators John Jancek and Mike Bajakian received raises of 97 percent and 82 percent, respectively, over their 2012 salaries.(I wrote about the 2013 salaries for Jones’ first staff at Tennessee earlier today. For 2012 data, I’m using the USA Today database).

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Butch Jones’ 1st staff meets the press: A roundup of the most interesting notes and quotes (with video)


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Butch Jones has been on a whirlwind media tour this week. On Thursday, it was time for his assistant coaches to get in on the fun.


We talked to seven on-field assistants and one strength coach today. Two assistants — receivers coach Zach Azzanni and assistant head coach/defensive line coach Steve Stripling — are preparing for bowl games.

That’s a lot to sift through, and some of the coaches’ answers will find there way into stories in the next week or so. For now, here’s a roundup of the most interesting notes and quotes from today’s media session.

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Tennessee’s Butch Jones: A look at how he might build his staff


butch-jones-presser.JPGKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — New Tennessee coach Butch Jones has only
nine days until an NCAA-mandated “dead period,” which means ramping up recruiting efforts will be a priority.

Because of that, we can assume that Jones would like to get at least part of his staff in Knoxville and then on the road as soon as possible.

We should have more clarity on his staff in the next 24-48 hours, but here’s what we know, along with some educated guesses.

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