Hey everyone, we're will be getting started on our Day 2 of SEC coaches chats at 11 a.m. ET. First up is Tennessee's Butch Jones!
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What specifically about the offense do you feel Tennessee needs to do differently from years past to be successful this season?
For us, the formula for winning never changes. First and foremost, we must take care of the football. Secondly, we have to execute in the redzone and score TDs as opposed to kicking field goals. The third thing is we have to establish the run. Fourth, we have to continue to define who our playmakers will be this year. We need explosive plays.
Will you be wearing "the orange pants" during football games?
Still in the evaluation process. That could be a very good possibility.
How is your family liking beautiful East Tennessee and being a short drive away from the most visited national park in the U.S.? The Vol Nation welcomes a winner!
The transition has been seamless. The people have been very welcoming. My family loves it. We feel as though we've been a part of the Tennessee community for many years.
Hey Coach,Talk to me about DB depth this year we seem to have 3 solid safeties how do you plan on using them? And at CB who would you like to step up at the nickle position with Eric Gordon no longer being with the team? Thanks and Go Vols
Everything is about competition. We do have competition at the safety position. The concern about the backend of our defense will be at the CB position. Justin has been extremely consistent, but it's finding depth and a backup for him as well as a starter for him on the other side.
Coach Jones, what was your impression when you seen the football facilities for the 1st time?
My impression was like most visitors for the first time, extrememly impressed and very wow'ed.
Butch Jones:How open is the QB Battle this fall in reality? It seemed like you favored Justin Worley a little bit by putting him with First team more in spring practice.
Still very open, just like every position on our football team heading into training camp. We did feel that Justin had a slight edge ending spring football, so I'm very excited to see the prgress that Justin, Nate and the two true freshmen have made over the course of the summer.
Hi Coach, are linemen a priority in filling out this year's class?
A major priority. The SEC is a line of scrimmage league. Especially in our defensive front, recruiting is paramount to the long term success to Tennessee football.
Coach Jones,In all my years of following college football recruiting I have never seen such strong prospect to prospect peer recruiting as your 2014 class has done to date. Is that something that you and your staff have pushed for or was it something that the commits really took up on their own?
A lot of it is they have created it on their own. With the different camps that they've participated in, they have started to grow bonds and friendships. Also the numerous unofficial visits have promoted that as well.
Coach, welcome to the TN family..how will you handle the loss of so many skill players on offense.
We do lose a lot of production. It is what it is. It will be a great opportunity for others to step up. The WR position is a position in which you may see a number of true freshmen playing based on their development through training camp.
What is the number one thing you want to accomplish this year
First and foremost, is our standard and our expectations. Our players understanding what it takes to play winning football. Their overall pride in their performance and laying the foundation for many years to come. Obviously, we want to win immediately and expect to win immediately, but for us, from Day 1, everything has been process oriented. Focusing on the process one day at a time.
Coach Jones, what does the term "rebuilding a program" mean to you?
You return a program back to its past success by making sure your standards and expectations by which you will run your program are clearly defined and articulated and never waiver. Everything is about personal development and making sure everyone is acocuntable. Everyone must be accountable for improving individually. If we improve individually, we improve as a team.
Do you have a specific starting RB set or will Neal and Lane be splitting the carries until one proves he can provide more in your offense.
We do have a plan going into training camp, but then everything will be how they perform in camp and earning trust in their coaches and teammates. It should be a good competitive battle. Over the course of a long season, you obviously need more than one RB. We must continue to define what each of those two do well and put them in positions to succeed.
Coach Jones, So how long did it take you to learn the words to Rocky Top?
Pride of who we are.
When I came to the Stadium, while at Cincinnati, I couldn't help but learn Rocky Top at that point in time.
Coach Jones, after making the switch to the 3-4 a year ago, how well is our defense adjusting back to a 4-3 scheme?
They have adjusted well. The 4-3 fits our personnel right now. The players have done a great job of embracing it. The big thing for us is to be extremely sound, very disciplined and every person having complete understanding and knowledge of our system.
I appreciate all of the energy you have brought to Knoxville. How is the kicking game going to look this year? Palardy handled both punting and PK duties last year, would you be opposed to doing the same with him this year?
The kicking game will be critical to our success and playing great defense. Everything is about field position. It's also about every player being acocuntable and knowing their role. That's what special teams is all about. We still have some questions going into camp. The big thing is expecting and demanding a high level of consistency from our kickers and punters, i.e. ball placement and the small details that go into the kicking game.
Morning Coach! What's your favorite thing about Fall Camp?
It's building your identity for this team. Seeing the individuals come in and see all of the hard work that they've put forth in the summer. Improving daily and the building overall of a team.
I'm curious, how many hours a week would you say you are working??
Myself and our coaches probably in a week put in between 80-90 hours. You have to love what you do and we have passion for our profession and for being at Tennessee. Especially when the season starts and the weeks prior to the beginning and start up of camp, there is no down time. Now, with the acceleration of recruiting, down time has been minimal.
I appreciate everyone for their support. Looking forward to the start of the season. And we're looking forward to beginning this process of making everyone proud to be a Tennessee Vol.
Next up is Mark Stoops from Kentucky! He'll be here a little early, so get those questions in!
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coach, what kind of goals do you set before the start of the season?
To improve each and every day. We have a long way to go with our program, so we have to have consistent improvement.
how do you get people to think of KEntucky as a football school instead of a basketball school?
I believe Kentucky has great support in all of our programs. That was very evident with the attendance in our spring game. Over 50,000 Big Blue Nation showed up to support the Wildcats.
Coach Stoops, what have you been working on most this summer to prepare fore the season?
All aspects of our program. The players have been working extremely hard lifting and running. The coaches have been busy recruiting and preparing the X's and O's for the upcoming season.
Coach Stoops,what does the term "rebuilding a program" mean to you?
We want to win on a consistent basis. To do that, you have to lay a strong foundation. That comes from developing our current players to the best of our ability, coaching our players to put them in a position to be successful and recruiting great players for the future of our program.
Is the SEC the strongest it has ever been?
Yes. Yes, I definitely believe that the SEC has always been strong, but it just seems to be taking bigger steps to separate itself from other conferences.
How has the attitudes and work habits of returning players changed from last year?
I've been very encouraged with the work ethic of the current players. Their attitudes have been very good and it's our job to put them in a position to be successful.
Recruiting has obviously been phenomenal for UK for 2014, what other positions do we need and do you except to get commitments from any high impact players at those positions?
Yes, we're still working on several positions. Clearly we need to continue to recruit offensive linemen, WR, CB, and DL.
Coach, when you look at this team, what would you say are the brightest spots?
I feel like we have good depth on the DL. And I feel good about the QBs.
UK special teams were horrible last year. We've heard a lot on the return of Air Raid and your great D, what will be different on special teams?
Hopefully we'll be more consistent in all aspects of special teams.
Has anything surprised you about the Kentucky job since taking over 6 months ago?
I always knew there was great support in Kentucky, but the amount of support shown to myself and this team has been surprising at times.
After you establish the program, do you think you will have a continued focus on recruiting Jucos, or is that more of a short term, talent gap fix?
I always believe that junior college players are a good way to fill immediate needs. Some years more than others.
Coach Stoops, how do you think the air raid will fair in the SEC with so many great teams having a solid run game?
I feel very good about the future of our offense. With that being said, I'm sure we'll go through some growing pains.
First thanks for coming to UK coach! Will we finally see the black helmets this year?
Maybe somewhere in the future. Probably not this year.
how will you prepare your team for the alabama game this sesaon?
We will prepare for Alabama the same way we prepare for each of our opponents, with great respect and attention to detail. It will be a tall task to prepare for Alabama.
How do you describe your defensive philosophy? And how does that fit with the Air Raid on O?
Our defense is very aggressive, geared toward stopping opponents quickly and getting the ball back to our offense.
How have your brothers who have been head coaches, helped you transition into this role and did they give you any advice?
Yes, they've helped me quite a bit. It's always nice to be able to pick up the phone and visit with either of them. They've been through many ups and downs as head coaches. It's great to have them as a resource.
4-3 vs 3-4 D why do you prefer it?
It's just been my philosophy to play with four down linemen.
Both are very good and both have been around for a long time.
How do you envision using tight ends in the offense this year, particularly with wide receiver being an area where you're developing depth?
It will be an important position for us. We will have to utilize our TEs. We have some depth in that area and we will have to be multiple in our formations.
What has been your coolest experience so far as Kentucky head coach?
Walking into the spring game. Walking through the Catwalk and seeing the passionate Big Blue Nation fans.
Coach Stoops, are you spending more time with the DBs during pratice ? helping them make plays on the ball ?
Yes. I will and I will continue to work with the DBs. I feel like it's an area where we need to improve.
How would you define a successful first season?
If we continue to improve as a team. Get better each and every week.
Thanks for the overwhelming support to our program. We look forward to this season.
Thanks for chatting coach!
Auburn's Gus Malzahn is up at noon ET!
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Here is coach!
As Auburn Head coach, how do you feel about getting such a great job?
Well, it felt great. The fact that I was there for three previous years. I had a great experience. Auburn was my dream job.
What's the thing you're most interested in seeing during training camp?
Our QBs. Competing for the job is my No. 1 priority and evaluating those guys. That's what I'm looking forward to the most.
What was the first big decision you made after you signed on with Auburn?
Probably hiring coordinators. We had to move very quickly. I had some in mind. And recruiting. That was some of the biggest decisions we made.
having alabama as in state rival how has that affected your recruiting?
It's the best rivalry in college football. We're competing against each other on a daily basis. We bring out the best in each other.
Where do you want to take Auburn over the long term?
Auburn, we won a national championship in 2010. It's a place to win championships. Our fans expect to win championships and that's what we strive for.
Coach, so many new coaches in the league this year...how do you think that will change the conference?
Well, there are a lot of unanswered questions with these programs with new coaches. We'll just have to see how each team adapts. We'll have to adjust as the season goes along.
We're excited about you, the staff, and the team! Does this electricity filter-down to the recruiting trail?
There is no doubt, in all areas. Our players are excited. It feels like everybody in the building is excited about this season and the future.
Gus, After leaving Auburn, then Auburn having one of their worst seasons in the SEC, then returning to Auburn, How are you going to build the confidence in this team?
The first team meeting I had, I told our guys I wasn't worried about last year, the why or what that we're looking forward to the future. It's a new day and our players have bought into that.
Coach Malzahn, how has your coaching style changed since your early days as OC at Arkansas?
Well, I think each year that you're doing something new, you learn and try to improve, no matter if you've been successful or not. Each year, I've gained wisdom and experience and that helps me moving forward.
What are your goals for the season?
Each season is different. Our goal is pretty simple this year. Improve each practice and each game. With all of the inexperience and young players, if we do that, we'll have a successful season.
Have you noticed any difference in recruiting at all, now that Texas is SEC country?
There is more interest from Texas players in the SEC. But when I was at Auburn before, we recruited players from Texas before that. We've had some players from Texas that have been very successful.
How strange is it being back at Auburn?
Not at all. In some ways it feels like I never left. I'm very comfortable at Auburn. My family loves Auburn. My oldest daughter just graduated from Auburn.
War Eagle, Coach Malzahn! Do you ever talk to fellow SEC Hurry-Up coaches like Kevin Sumlin and Hugh Freeze about offensive strategies and etc.? Seems like the SEC is starting to divide between HUNH and "traditional" offenses.
I have my group of coaches that I like to visit with each year that do what we do. But if they're in our league and you compete against each other, you don't share ideas.
Hey coach, we know according to past recruiting classes that this team obviously has talent... what will it take to get this great talent to start showing on the field?
Our goal is to put guys in positions where they can be successful and try to develop the talent and the young guys that will continue to get better. That's our goal. I feel very good about our staff doing that.
Coach we've seen great success with the spread in the SEC, with Florida in the mid 2000s, your offense in 2010 at Auburn and Texas A&M last year. Why has the spread been so effective against elite defense?
First of all you have to have talent, no matter what offense you're running. We believe if you can run your offense at a fast pace and still execute, you have a great advantage. You see more teams try to get playmakers in space.
Coach Malzahn, how difficult is it to separate your personal life from your professional life? How do you balance the two?
I try to spend the majority of my free time with my family I try to have my family be a part of what I'm doing work wise as much as possible.
How do you prepare your players for a game at LSU or at Texas A&M?
You have to deal with the crowd noise. You have to prepare the team during the week for that. You have to play well on the road in this league, no matter where you're at. You have to have the team mentally and physicall prepared.
Great to have you back at AU. What is your goal for Number of plays per Game?
Yeah, our goal when we talk to our players is 80. But each game unfolds differently. Sometimes you can score enough points on less than 80. The main thing is we play faster than any team in the country on each snap.
What was your favorite play in 2010?
There were a lot of huge plays that helped us win games. It's hard to pick just one. Cam Newton was in most of them.
War Eagle Coach! What are the specific positions that you are targeting on the recruiting trail this year?
We have positions offensively and defensively that we're losing seniors that we need to fill those positions. That's where we start.
Coach Malzahn, what impact do you want the program to make on the players on and off the field and even after they leave football?
We want to prepare our guys to be successful in life with their degree and with their experiences that they learned on and off the field.
Do you have a routine that you do at home for every gameday?
Yeah, I like to, when I get to the stadium, walk the field. I say a prayer and go over different situations in the game.
How are nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson picking up the offense? Are they putting themselves in a position to win the starting job?
They're both very talented. From what I hear from our strength coach, they're off to a good start in the weight room and classroom. We'll give them equal shot to compete.
I can't wait to start practice with our players. I can't wait for the season to get here. War Eagle!
Next up is Arkansas' new coach Bret Bielema at 1:30 p.m. ET!
Buzz, we need to bring back the Morning Buzz! ESPN isn't the same anymore...
The Morning Buzz always will, and always has, lived on in the halls of infamy.
Coach Bielema is on SVP and Russillo right now on ESPN Radio. Check him out there and then come here to chat with him at 1:30!
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How do you find down time with such a busy schedule?
I really began to appreciate and enjoy a night where we don't have an event, a Sunday afternoon with my wife, you have to enjoy when you have some free time.
How excited were you in that you wouldn't have to get rid of all of your red clothes in going from Wisconsin to Arkansas?
It's a good plan, but it didn't go too well, because we went from adidas to Nike. I don't think they'd like that.
Outside of X's and O's what's the biggest part of being a head coach that people might not realize?
Probably the ability to recruit young men that fir your program in every way, athletically, academically and socially.
What's the first big deicion you made after signing your contract?
It was really hiring my staff, offensive and defensive and special teams and the guys that would make a difference on a daily basis with our program.
With all of the new coaches this season in the SEC, how do you think the conference will change?
I think the fun thing is change always brings about new strategies and methods and ideas. It will be fun to see the sesaon play out and be a part of it.
Coach Bielema how do you feal about your team going into fall camp?
I'm very excited for them. They've worked very hard to get where they are and they're facing a world in college football that doesn't expect much.
Will you make any changes in your defense to deal with Johnny Football?
Johnny is a very good football player who I'm sure will be even better this year. All teams in the SEC have great players and our opportunity to defend them is a weekly challenge.
How much of a whirlwind has it been since you signed on with Arkansas?
It's been a whirlwind, but it's one that I truly wanted to embrace and make great. I'm very excited about the opportunity that lies ahead.
How different is it recruiting in the Big Ten or SEC?
Recruiting is very similar, but the exposure that your program has in the SEC is national, not so much geographical.
What SEC team are you looking forward to playing the most on the road? Out of the road games, what game do you wish was in Razorback stadium?
I'm very excited about the schedule that lies in front of us, on the road or at home, they'll all be a tremendous challege.
what went into your decision to accept the Arkansas job?
At this point in my life, I felt a challenge to move to a new conference, a new school, and a new opportunity was too good to pass up.
Do you believe Arkansas is a national brand on its own, or just by association with the SEC?
I'm excited for everything at Arkansas, to give them an SEC championship and chase a dream that's never been reached.
Coach Bielema, what impact do you want your program to make on players on and off the field and past their football careers?
Absolutely, you want your players to achieve greatness in all areas, not just at Arkansas but the rest of their life.
Thanks for chatting coach!
Florida's Will Muschamp will be here at 2:45 p.m. ET to take your questions!
We'll wrap up with South Carolina's Steve Spurrier at 3:45 p.m. ET!
Coach Muschamp is on SVP and Russillo right now. He'll be joining us following his radio hit.
Oh, I see Will is done with radio and should be on his way over to us!
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What are you most looking forward to seeing on that first Saturday as you kickoff the season?
The play of our offense will be much improved and Driskel at QB. How we've progressed at WR and our running game. Those are the things I'm looking forward to.
Coach Muschamp, Would you say being able to affect the lives of so many youths is the best part of your job?
There is no question. You'll see a young man grow and progress as a freshman and graduate. Seeing them grow over time is one of my favorite parts of being a football coach.
What can be done to make the offense more explosive?
In Year 2, understanding more what we can do with our players. They continue to grow and mature. We've improved at every level and position. We'll see marked improvement.
Coach Muschamp, How would you characterize your relationship with Coach Mike Holloway?
We have some guys who run track before. We're certainly open to our guys doing both sports.
Coach Muschamp, is it more difficult to keep players focused on a road trip or a home game weekend?
I think for a home game. When you get away from the comfort of playing at home, you're able to corral your players a little more. With that being said, there's no place that gets you ready to play than running out for that Swamp.
Coach you have 3 young runningbacks. with Matt Jones being the only one with a lot of experience, will we see him as the back you lean on most or will we see a 3 way split?
Going into the season, Matt will be the featured guy, but we have tremendous confidence in the other guys who are very capable.
Coach Muschamp,can you tell us about what your intensity comes from and the influence that it has on your coaches and players?
Your players are a reflection of who you are as a coach. It's our job to bring passion and energy to our job every day. I love what I do. There is never a day when my feet hit the floor that I'm not excited to be a Gator. It's easy when you love what you do.
Coach Muschamp,how difficult is it to separate your personal life from your professional life? How do you find balance between the two?
Being a head coach at Florida isn't a job, it's a way of life. You can't ask to be a major college football player and when that happens, you live in a fish bowl. No different when you're a coach. Guys have to understand who they represent, what they represent. You always have to have balance, but I don't view what I do at Florida as a job, but a way of life.
Coach Muschamp, when you walk into a school or a home, what are you looking for in a kid you are recruiting besides his playing ability?
No. 1, academically, can he survive in a very intense academic environment. The obvious factors of integrity, what he stands for, how he's been raised, how will he handle being at Florida.
Did you face any challenges in filling the holes that formed on the defense, like filling in for Bostic, Floyd, or Elam?
Absolutely. I'm young, but old fashioned, you have to be strong up the middle. I came out of spring very comfortable at LB. Safety is where my main concern is in terms of having quality snaps.
Coach your defense seems to always get better...do you think you will have an offense to compete for an SEC Championshi?
I think we'll be much improved. I thought we were much improved in the spring. I'm looking forward to those guys coming out and creating balance in our team.
Coach how do you prepare tough defenses for coaches like Les Miles, who likes to come up with a lot of trick plays?
You have your basic rules and concepts within every defense. Within that, it takes care of trick plays.
What changes will we see in the defensive scheme with Coach Durkin at coordinator?
We won't see any changes. We tweak our defense each year to fit our players. I think we'll have an odd man front rather than 4 down players becuase of our personnel.
Coach, what have you learned during your first two season that will help you this season.
Just more than anything managing our football team better. I think I did a much better job in Year 2 than Year 1. Our players understand our expectations. That transition becomes smoother and smoother every year because of the buy in from our players.
How do you feel about our kickers?
I'm very concerned about our PK duties. Austin and Brad are talented to do the job. We have the best punter and speed at returners. I feel comfortable about our talent level, other than just the kicking position.
Coach Muschamp, what do you think is a few key ingredients that the team must have this year to get over the hump and make it to Atlanta?
Better balance offensively. We need a PK that we can have confidence in. Gel up the middle on defense.
How much has knowing who your starting QB is pre-season, in that of Jeff Driskel, helped you with preparation for the upcoming season compared to last year?
Absolutely. When you know who your clear cut team leader will be, it helps tremendously. When you know who your face of the team will be, your confidence resides in him.
Coach very tough loss in the Sugar Bowl. Have you used that as inspiration to make your players prepare for this season?
I think all players are motivated differently. Certainly some of our players and myself have used that as motivation to get better.
Thanks coach Muschamp! Next up is the Ole Ball Coach himself, Steve Spurrier!
We're going to be getting Steve Spurrier here early, so be sure to get those questions in NOW!
<a name='spurrier'></a>Coach Spurrier will be here at 3:20 p.m. ET to take your questions!
Coach has arrived. He's getting a coffee then he'll be right over!
How do you feel the perception of South Carolina has change since you arrived?
I think our perception now is a school that graduates its football players. They stay out of trouble and they finish in hte top 10 the last two year and is expected to do it again.
Coach do you think the picture Jadeveon put up on Twitter of you guys stopping at Arby's would get as much attention as it has?
No, I did not. In fact, I didn't even know he had taken the picture until someone showed it to me. My wife did.
In your years of coaching how have you been able to adapt to the changing field of recruiting?
The social media is different. But other than that, our college rules in recruiting are pretty good. There are times when you can make contact and times when you can't. I think our rules are pretty good.
Coach, which play (or plays) stands out as your favorite in your first 8 years at South Carolina?
There are two plays that I really like. Sidney Rice caught a fade route in front of the Florida sideline in '05 and took it to the 2 yard line and we won that game. Jeffrey caught the same route in 2010. Took it down and Marcus scored a couple of plays later. A lot of Marcus' runs were unbelieveable runs. Lattimore broke 43 tackles that day.
Coach Spurrier, when do you have a good feel in fall camp on what kind of team that you have?
At the start, no. We don't know exactly who our linebackers will be. At WR we have an idea of who we think will be good, but we'll find out exactly who.
How will you build on the momentum of last seasons bowl game?
You try to enjoy your success for a while after the season, but then when summer time comes, you just start completely preparing for the next season. In March, our players have forgotten last year and we're thinking about this year.
With all of your time in football, is there still a play or moment that still frustrates you either as a coach or player?
Several. Yeah, several do. I guess the last one that frustrates me is that in 2007, we had Clemson beat 21-20 and they came off a third and 18 and couldn't stop them.
Coach, What are your thoughts on the 2 ACC officials and their statement about Clowney's hit in the Michigan game should have resulted in an ejection, even though it was clearly a clean hit? Do you see this being a problem for this coming season?
I'm glad they said that, because the head of the SEC officials said it's a clean hit. They put in a judgement call that the ref has to make. It's not a good rule if it's not clear.
Running backs, Mike Davis, is he a possible starter, he has the wheels!
Yes, Mike Davis and Brandon will challenge for the starting spot and both will be expected to play a lot.
with all of the new coaches in the league this year, how do you see the conference changing?
Unknown. Unkown right now. At this time last year, we thought Arkansas was a top 10 team and they struggled. Auburn struggled. But you have to believe a lot of the same teams each year that are on top of their divisions will also be there.
How do you define a successful season?
Successful seasons are defined differently at each school. A lot is based on your history and wha tyou did in the past several years. For us now, a successful season would be winning 9-12 games and winning a bowl game, that would be successful. But it's different for each school.
In 1999, South Carolina went 0-11, so a successful season was winning one the next year.
coach how do you deal with social media on your team? does it help or hurt the team?
We encourage our guys to use it smartly and if it gets out of line, we will close the use of it.
How do you feel about any further expansion for the SEC? What about the possibility of having only 5 power conferences?
I doubt if we will expand any time soon.
Thanks for chatting coach! He's hopping a ride with the Florida folks and they're about to leave, so he's gotta run!
Thanks to all who participated in the last two days of SEC coaches chats. We'll be back Wednesday and Thursday with the Pac-12 coaches!