''I don't think I have a better friend in the world than David Cutcliffe,'' Sanders said this week.
That friendship will be put on hold Saturday night in Oxford, however, when Sanders' Tennessee offense will try to put some points on the board against Cutcliffe's Rebels.
''He's going to try and beat my brains out and I'm going to try and beat his brains out,'' Sanders conceded.
Nothing personal, mind you. It's just that Sanders, like Cutcliffe, is a competitive sort.
''If I'm home playing Scrabble with my wife,'' the Vol aide said, ''I'm trying to beat her brains out ... and I love her to death.''