Brady Hoke will make ‘tweaks’ while running UT program

KNOXVILLE — Brady Hoke is Tennessee’s interim head coach with two games remaining in the regular season after the school relieved Butch Jones of his duties this week.

During his first press conference as the leader of the Volunteers’ football team, Hoke did not go into too much detail of what went wrong earlier in the season, in which Tennessee is 4-6 and winless in SEC play.

“Those are things that we as a staff, everyone has a part of everything,” Hoke said. “I don’t think that is fair to comment on what went wrong or what didn’t go wrong. I think there were a lot of things that went right.

“I think when you look at a couple of the football games where maybe we didn’t play as well, for one reason or another, that’s on us as coaches. There are also three games in there that could have gone either way if we made some plays.”

Hoke said Team 121 has no quit in it and that the goal is to win for the seniors.

The interim coach is no stranger to leading teams, with stops at Michigan, San Diego State and Ball State in a head coaching capacity. That helps him understand his role in overseeing the Volunteers’ program and he made a point that “we’re going to live in the present” and “we will start preparing for LSU” immediately.

Tennessee (4-6, 0-6 SEC) needs to win one of its final two games to keep two distinctions: The Vols have never lost eight games in a season, and they have never gone winless in SEC play.

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