Hundreds of Tennessee Volunteer fans turned out to the Chattanoogan Hotel for the Big Orange Caravan.
To be exact, 400 fans on hand to see coach Butch Jones and newly hired basketball coach Donnie Tyndall.
Both coaches met the fans - big and small, old and young.
Coach Jones said he's had a great time getting to know coach Tyndall.
They've spent a lot of time together.
As for football, the Vols bring back only 12 seniors, a young team indeed. 14 early enrollees made it through spring practice.
One key area of concern -- the trenches. Jones put it this way, "Well, it's going to be a great challenge. It's going to be a great challenge because the SEC's a line of scrimmage league and we're going to be forced to play true freshmen and we're basically going through the realities of building a football program, but I'm also excited about it. We have to have a great summer, we have to get bigger, stronger."
Jones noted the offensive line took some "major strides" moving forward by the end of spring. And, the coach said highly touted freshman tailback Jalen Hurd will play this fall. "He has to be ready to play. He has, he's going to be given every opportunity. We have no choice. I thought Marlon Lane did a great job, really providing some stability to the running back position, but we're going to rely on Jalen a lot. He has to have a great off-season of really building up the stamina and durability that it takes in a running back at our level."
The Vols will also turn to linebacker A.J. Johnson for not only pressure on the quarterback, but also leadership for the team.
On the basketball court, Tyndall took a good, hard look at what it will take to restore the Vols to viability. Presently, he only has five returning players - four if Darius Thompson leaves the program.
The four players Cuonzo Martin signed all bolted. But Tyndall and his staff have brought in players. He hopes to have 12 on the roster by the time summer school starts. Tyndall said, "As late as we got the job. Four, maybe five returning playres, certainly we hope that our fans will be understanding and patient. And what I want to really try to get our fans to do this year is help us be the most over achieving team in college basketball." by John Madewell