Vols interim head coach Brady Hoke: all about 'coaching for our seniors'

Vols interim head coach Brady Hoke holds his first press conference Monday afternoon.

The Tennessee Vols are earnestly searching for a new football coach.

But before they fully look ahead to the future, the Vols still have two games to play.

Monday afternoon, interim coach Brady Hoke held his first press conference in the wake of Butch Jones' termination.

But first, a look at who Brady Hoke is.

He joined the Vols staff this year to coach the defensive line.

But he has a lot of head coaching experience.

Hoke's been a head coach for 12 years.

That includes stops at Ball State, San Diego State and Michigan.

During that span, he won 52.7 percent of his games.

He's also been coach of the year in three different conferences.

Monday afternoon, Hoke said he will "tweak" a few things with the team and operations.

He kept the details of former coach Jones' meeting with the team private.

Hoke has also decided to close practice this week because he feels it is best for the team as they prepare for LSU.

The 58-year-old Ohio native knows he must hold the recruiting class together.

Several commits have already decommitted. "It's always a concern, you know. We're going to work our tails off. We're going to stay committed to the kids who are committed. We're going to stay out there recruiting, we're going to make the calls. We're going to do what we're supposed to do, you know. This is a job, it's a job we have to finish," Hoke said.

His focus now is on the seniors. "These last two games are only about one thing and that's the seniors. They have been part of 29 wins, 3 bowl wins, and they've laid a foundation for this program, that was badly needed," Hoke said.

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