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Vols DC Shoop: Lawsuit won't be a distraction

Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop doesn't expect a lawsuit filed against him by Penn State to be a distraction for the Volunteers ahead of next season.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Butch Jones, who over the years faced Oklahoma three times – twice at Tennessee, once while at Cincinnati – on Bob Stoops' retirement: "He's earned the right to step away when he wants to step away. What he's built at the University of Oklahoma and what he's been able to accomplish throughout the course of his career, he's earned the right to, when he felt it was time, it was time. I have a lot of respect for him and what he built and what he sustained there."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Though Tennessee has to replace several key skill players from last year, the Vols should boast one of the top offensive lines in the SEC, with four returning starters and 111 career starts back. Tennessee coach Butch Jones sees the line being the foundation of his squad, especially early on while the other pieces mature. The SEC "is a line of scrimmage league, so having the competitive depth we have up front will help us. But we can't just be a year older, we have to be a year better."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

No team had a crazier three-game run last year than Tennessee. The Vols rallied from 21 down to defeat Florida, beat Georgia on a Hail Mary, then fell in double overtime after a furious rally at Texas A&M. Tennessee coach Butch Jones believes his team turned a corner from its fight during that stretch: "You go through stages of building your program. From just trying to win the locker room. To being competitive. Then, learning how to win, closing games out. … But you have to take your experiences. … and be better for it. You have to be able to apply it."

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Butch Jones on expectations for Tennessee

Tennessee coach Butch Jones covers his team's QB situation, preparing to face Georgia Tech, his expectations for the upcoming season, the state of the Volunteers and more.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Tennessee coach Butch Jones said his team began preparing for the season opener against Georgia Tech and its unique offense back in the spring. Of those 15 practices, Jones estimates they spent one-third of their time working on the Jackets. He does have some unique insight on his staff -- three assistants recently spent time on ACC Coastal Division staffs.

Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer 

Tennessee coach Butch Jones believes his team has had the best offseason since he arrived, attributing what he has seen to veteran leadership and a rebuilt staff that has brought energy and enthusiasm. Jones said players fully understand what is expected of them, and what the standard is at Tennessee -- winning championships.

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FSU, Bama opener headlines 2017 SEC vs. ACC games

This season's SEC-ACC matchups start off with a bang, with what could be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown when Alabama takes on Florida State in Atlanta.

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Robertson makes Outland Trophy watch list

Tennessee G Jashon Robertson was named to the Outland Trophy watch list on Thursday. The award is given to the nation's top interior lineman. Robertson has 34 career starts for the Volunteers.

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Edward Aschoff ESPN Staff Writer 

South Carolina QB Jake Bentley's welcome to the SEC moment? That would be "meeting" former Tennessee DE Derek Barnett