Tennessee football: Notes from Vols coaches fall camp media session

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2. Lots of love for the staff

If there’s one thing we can say about this Tennessee football staff, it’s that they are clearly fans of each other. Pruitt emphasized that right out of the gate, claiming that people are saying he has the best staff in the country.

"“I truly believe with them on our staff, and I’ve told you this morning, when you talk about teaching, recruiting, relationships, character, all the intangibles that comes with being a football coach, I truly believe that we do have the best staff in the country.”"

Ansley added that the staff was one of the draws for him to take the job.

"“It was very glamorous because our guys did have a lot of experience, they know how to do it in this league, they’ve done it before, they’re proven veterans and they’re good men.”"

Meanwhile, Chaney said everybody is comfortable around each other.

"“We have a very competent staff, we get along well and work very hard together.”"

Sherrer said the staff is made up of “a lot of really good men,” touted their experience as coaches in the SEC and added that they have “great track record as recruiters and coaches.” Martin praised Chaney’s experience and Ansley’s track record, while Rumph said that working with Ansley specifically has been a “blast.” He also added that he and his family enjoy them as people.

What’s clear is that this staff has a major bro-fest going on, and maybe that’s a good thing for the Vols. It’s rare to see this much praise for each other before a season starts, even if that’s what coaches somewhat like to do.