"Our kids deserve so much credit for their hard work in the classroom. The longer I'm in this, the more and more I respect our student-athletes and the rigors of their schedule.
"I also need to recognize Kelly Brock, assistant director for counseling at the Thornton Center. She does a terrific job keeping my coaches and me updated on each guy's academic progress throughout the semester. She travels with us during the season and conducts study hall on the road. She is a great asset for Tennessee basketball.
"And, of course, Director of Basketball Operations Ken Johnson works hand in hand with Kelly to keep everyone on track. He's got great relationships with all our players and is a great role model for them."