Dec. 19, 2009
The Tennessee football team continued preparations for the Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Virginia Tech with a two-hour practice Saturday inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center. The Vols got off to a disinterested start, so head coach Lane Kiffin sent the entire team to the locker room and restarted practice.
"It just wasn't right, the first 15 minutes of practice for whatever reason didn't seem right," Kiffin said. "Whether it was a schedule issue or if it was two Tuesday practices in a row, which is our toughest day, their minds weren't right. So we sent them off the field back to the locker room and started over to get it right. It's too valuable not to have things done right."
Saturday's workout was a "Tuesday practice," meaning the Vols continued their first and second down installations. Sunday and Monday practices will be back-to-back "Wednesdays" on the players' schedules with a focus on third down. Tuesday is UT's last practice in Knoxville before taking a holiday break. The Vols convene in Atlanta on Dec. 25th and begin practice on the 26th.
Tennessee and Virginia Tech kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 31st. The game will be televised by ESPN.
Brown Arrives Back in Knoxville
Tennessee's new wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Kippy Brown returned to the Tennessee practice field Saturday after a 15-year absence and some last-minute weather delays. Brown was due to arrive in time for Friday's practice, but a snowstorm delayed his travels until late Friday night.
"He finally got here and jumped right into our meetings," Lane Kiffin said. "He got caught in all of the snow last night. We've really only had him for about three hours. But we've got plenty of time with him."
Brown last coached at Tennessee in the 1993 and 1994 seasons as the assistant head coach/receivers coach under Phillip Fulmer. He also coached receivers at Tennessee from 1983-89 under Johnny Majors.
As far as Brown's third tour of duty on Rocky Top, the widely-respected and well-known coach is simply happy to be home.
"I'm from here," Brown said. "This is home. I'm from 40 miles down the road. Anytime you get the chance to come home and be around family, that's very important. We've moved around quite a bit, and there's been times when we've been a long way from our family. This gives us a chance to get back."