Audio/Quotes: National, Regional, Sports Animal Reaction to Josh Heupel; Several Interviews on UT’s Hire

KNOXVILLE, TN – January 27, 2021 – Head Coach Josh Heupel during his introductory press conference as Tennessee football Head Coach at the Stokely Media Center in Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports

Here are some of the quotes and reaction that I ran across today on the University of Tennessee’s hiring of Josh Heupel from UCF as the new head football coach.

The quotes below are only part of what each spoke about in interviews on the SEC Network about Heupel to Tennessee. These were just a few of the things that stood-out, both positively and negatively. It was a mixed bag, overall. It was a little more of a positive lean, in my opinion, based largely on Heupel’s success with offenses, familiarity with the SEC and even more due to the difficult circumstances to try and hire a head football coach for the Vols right now. Take it all for what it’s worth.

There are tweets included below, as well as full interviews you can listen to from our station about Josh Heupel, with Josh Heupel and his introductory press conference.

Rece Davis – ESPN/ABC
“Solid, not spectacular.”

Paul Finebaum – SEC Network/ESPN
“This was a comfort hire.”

Booger McFarland – ESPN
“Tennessee did the best they could.”
“Danny’s (White) outstanding as an AD. I think that (White) was a homerun hire.”
“I like the hire of Josh Heupel.”
“I have no doubts that Tennessee is going to be able to get some dynamic skill players and a quarterback. What’s going to separate him in the SEC is can you stop people.”

Chris Doering – SEC Network
“He wasn’t always the most welcoming. Was a little stand-off-ish. Didn’t necessarily show who he was.”

Gene Chizik – SEC Network
“He can change that narrative (Doering’s above.) He has to be very authentic. Culture is everything.”

Peter Burns – SEC Network

Barrett Sallee – CBS Sports

David Cobb – CBS Sports

Blake Beddingfield – Titans NFL Director of Scouting

Aaron Torres – National Fox Sports Radio

Brett McMurphy – Stadium

Zach Tibbs – High School Coach

ESPN Stats & Info

SportSource Analytics

Jimmy Hyams – 99.1 The Sports Animal

Josh Ward – 99.1 The Sports Animal

Will West – 99.1 The Sports Animal

Brian Rice – 99.1 The Sports Animal

Tyler Ivens – 99.1 The Sports Animal

Eric Cain – 99.1 The Sports Animal


Josh Heupel – Guest Wednesday on 99.1 The Sports Animal

Josh Heupel & Danny White Press Conference Wednesday


Mike Bianchi – Orlando Sentinel


Braden Gall – Athlon Sports on 99.1 The Sports Animal


Ryan Bass – 10 Tampa Bay


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