"What we tried to do was divide the teams so it was equal but it got off a little bit," Chavis said. "We flipped a coin and I lost the flip, so David got to choose the team he wanted to coach. There's no doubt I would've chosen that team also."
Chavis and Cutcliffe went head-to-head in several Orange & White confrontations during the 1990s. Now that Cutcliffe is back at UT after a stint as head man at Ole Miss, he and Chavis get to renew their friendly rivalry.
Although today's game is only an exhibition, the mood will be deadly serious for the players. The guys who shine today will have a leg up toward earning starting spots when preseason camp begins in August.
Chavis put it this way: "We've told the players: ‘This is an opportunity for you to go out and improve your status at Tennessee, in terms of what's going to happen in the fall.'
"We want them to compete. Hopefully, they'll take the attitude out there that they're going to compete and do something to make themselves better that will make this football team better in August."