Josh Heupel will take the stage at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, on Tuesday.
Amid all the pomp and circumstance that typically comes with the event, the college football world will get its first good look at the new Tennessee football coach.
Here are five questions that we have for Heupel.
What does Josh Heupel define as success?
A lot of coaches use SEC Media Days as a platform to inspire hope for their program. Tennessee fans sure could use a pick-me-up.
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It will be interesting to see where Heupel sets the bar for Tennessee, which is coming off its worst record since 1909 and faces potential penalties from the NCAA stemming from an investigation into recruiting violations under the previous regime.
Any updates to the QB situation?
Chances for a meaningful answer? Slim to none. In all likelihood, nothing has changed since the conclusion of spring practice.
But the question will be asked in the off chance that Heupel is willing to tip his hand.
How long will Heupel’s filibuster last?
Former coach Jeremy Pruitt spent the first 10-and-a-half minutes of his nearly 46-minute inaugural SEC Media Day availability on his opening statement. His predecessor, Butch Jones, rambled for almost five-and-a-half minutes.
If Heupel’s introductory new conference is any indication, quite the filibuster is in store.
How does Heupel view new transfer legislation?
In April, the NCAA adopted new legislation allowing players immediate eligibility following their first transfer. In June, the SEC followed suit for intraconference transfers.
The Vols have lost talent, with 35 departures, though they’ve also reloaded through the portal.
Will Heupel introduce any catch phrases?
Jones introduced his “brick by brick” mantra in 2013. Pruitt’s opening statement in 2018 was laced with references to a “championship culture.” He even provided a bold prediction that, to this point, has little hope of coming to fruition.
“I am sure 10 years from now, I’ll be a better head coach than I will be this fall,” Pruitt said.