'Tennessee is Tennessee'

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For the first time since their arrival on campus, new Tennessee men's basketball coaches were made available to the media.

Head coach Donnie Tyndall relied on prior relationships and trust in hand-selecting the gentlemen with which he plans to build a champion on Rocky Top.

"Tennessee is Tennessee. It speaks for itself," assistant coach Adam Howard said.

The coaches have ample work ahead as they rebuild a depleted roster for the 2014-15 season after the previous squad reached the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.

"You can coach all you want but if you have bad players, it's irrelevant," Al Pinkins said.

"Nobody will outwork us in this league in recruiting."

Added to the Vols list of signees already are forward Jabari McGhee and guard Kevin Punter. Still, several scholarships remain as the coaches look to add contributors.

"There's a lot to sell," assistant coach Chris Shumate said. "We have a lot to sell from the university to the SEC. There's just so much to sell to kids and parents. And, also, the education from the University of Tennessee."

Find out more about what the new aides think about working at Tennessee, where Southeastern Conference basketball is in the national landscape, what the two signees bring to the table and more by clicking play on each of the InsideTennessee videos below:

Aaron Howard video interview

Al Pinkins video interview

Chris Shumate video interview

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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