The excitement around Tennessee football is always high and, obviously, with your arrival, it is even higher. So if you thought the Vol Walk for the Orange and White game was impressive, just wait.
Just wait till the electricity radiates through Neyland Stadium as the Pride of the Southland forms the human "T" for you and your team to run through. Simply stated, it's an experience unmatched.
And with it all, as you know, comes a huge responsibility. As you have figured out, Tennessee football is front page news 365 days a year. And if it's a big deal in the middle of May, then just imagine how big it is 12 Saturdays a year in the fall. Fans come by land, sea and air to watch their team. In these economic times, for many it's an even bigger sacrifice to come watch the Vols.
But they come because it's their team. It's their program and they have given you the keys to direct it. The responsibility is a big one and if you thought your every move was scrutinized this off-season, wait till Saturday. It won't just be your play-calls that are analyzed. Your emotions during the Vol Walk will be examined. Your attire on the sideline will be a topic of discussion. How you come onto and off of Shields-Watkins Field will be critiqued. People are waiting to see if you really are going to be a "visor guy" on Saturdays.
Some might say it's crazy, but those of us who have been around Tennessee football all of our life see it as nothing but normal.