Rocky Top is home sweet home for Brown

What was supposed to take seven hours to arrive in Knoxville took over 13 hours due to the weather, but returning home for Kippy Brown was worth the drive and the wait. Brown, who has coached at UT on two other occasions, began his third stint of duty in Knoxville this past Saturday. Go "Inside" to see what Brown had to say about being back home.

The location may be different but the game is the same.

Kippy Brown returned home Saturday to Rocky Top, and while it was apparent he was still learning a new offense, it was also very apparent that he knew what he was doing and comfortable doing what he does best - coaching the wide receivers.

"They had to take care of me today," Brown said with a laugh after his first practice working for Lane Kiffin. "It feels good to be home. We spent 13 hours on the road getting here, but it's worth it finally being out with this team."

A veteran NFL coach and a man who has spent two different tours of duty in Knoxville, Brown looked very comfortable out on the field. He took command of several situations and didn't hesitate to show a quarterback or wide receiver a tip here or there.

"When you're a NFL and college veteran like he is this is all second nature for him," Kiffin said. "He was very comfortable out there today."

Brown only got about three hours to visit with the coaching staff before practice began Saturday morning.

"My head is spinning a little," Brown laughed. "What was suppose to be a seven-and-a-half-hour trip turned into a 13-hour one. We got stuck up on Jellico Mountain with some snow. I'm a little tired but overall it was a great first day."

When asked about his impressions of his new wide receiver group, Brown was quick to respond.

"They took care of me today so I love them," Brown laughed. "It won't stay that way for long. My goal is to make them better. If they will do the work I can make them better. Today they did everything I asked of them."

Brown admitted it was good to be back home and close to family.

"This has to feel right," Brown said. "This gives us the opportunity to be close to our family again and that's great. This is a football program on the rise. It's exciting times here in Knoxville; it's a perfect fit for me."

Brown will be coaching the wide receivers and also will be the team's new passing game coordinator.

Brown's expertise in the passing game is expected to be an added weapon for Kiffin to have at his disposal.

Jim Chaney, the team's offensive coordinator, works with the tight ends and focuses on the running attack. Brown will assist with Kiffin and is expected to give the Vols more offensive firepower.

"Our coaching staff just got better with the addition of Kippy Brown," Kiffin said earlier in the week. "It's been my goal since my arrival here to put together the very best coaching staff in the country. We have helped that cause with this hire."

Wide receiver Denarius Moore was also excited about meeting his new position coach.

"I didn't really know the name," Moore said. "But when I heard how many guys he has put in the NFL I got excited. He told us he is all about making us better and getting us to the next level. If anyone knows how to do that it should be him."

There is no doubt that Brown knows the words to Rocky Top, and he better as Kiffin and company plans on singing it all night long several times next fall.

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