A New Era Begins Now: Heupel Heads to Rocky Top, Follows Familiar Face Home

A little less than a week ago, Danny White, the former University of Central Florida athletic director, was hired as the University of Tennessee’s athletic director to replace former AD Phillip Fulmer, just a few days removed from that announcement, Tennessee has found its 27th head coach. 

Josh Heupel, the former University of Oklahoma quarterback who led the Sooners to the national title, and was as an assistant coach and head coach captured conference crowns at Oklahoma and UCF, has been named the Tennessee Volunteers next head coach. 

He will replace Jeremy Pruitt, the former Volunteer head man who was fired on earlier this month and was accompanied by the retiring Fulmer. Heupel brings a pedigree of fast-paced and exciting teams. He was named the 2018 First Year Coach of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association of America, and was a finalist for the Associated Press National Coach of the Year Award, the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award, and the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award that same season. 

Heupel stated, “I am thrilled to be coming to Tennessee,” “I understand that Volunteer fans are hungry for a return to the top that they so richly deserve, and it is my goal and commitment to bring a championship back to Rocky Top.” 

During his time in Orlando, Florida at UCF, Heupel posted a 28-8 record and a stellar 20-5 mark in conference play. He will be formally introduced as the head coach during a press conference which will be live-streamed today at 12:05 p.m. ET on UtSports.com and SEC Network.

Welcome home, Coach Josh Heupel, we can’t wait to see what the future holds on Rocky Top.

(Picture: Tennessee Athletics Twitter)

Prodigal Son of Alabama: Jalen Hurts Named Oklahoma Starting Quarterback for Season Opener

Well, I think I can speak for us all when I say we saw this coming, we just didn’t know it would happen this fast. On Monday afternoon, Oklahoma Football head coach, Lincoln Riley, tabbed Jalen Hurts, an Alabama transfer quarterback, as his starter for the Sooners season opener on September 1st, 2019 vs. Houston at 6:30pm. It was just meant to be. During his time in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Hurts showcased his skills from 2016 to 2018 and during the offseason, announced his transferral to Norman, Oklahoma and The University of Oklahoma. In Tuscaloosa, Jalen relished in the spotlight often, taking the Tide to three national title games and winning one national title. I guess you could say that Jalen Hurts is the prodigal son of Alabama. Thousands around the nation have wished him well this season, and I will not be the exception. Best of luck Jalen. I’m looking forward to seeing how you perform in Norman. The world is watching. However, no Jalen, I will not say what people from Tuscaloosa, Alabama or Norman, Oklahoma, say. Just know I support you.