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December 2004

HEAD COACHES NEWS CONFERENCE - Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer

Thursday, December 30th, 2004
Opening Comments: “We are very excited about being here. We are appreciative of the SBC Cotton Bowl and the hospitality that is always there. Every year that we have been here this is one of the best host groups that we have had the chance to be around. The city of Dallas is a great place to visit and we have enjoyed that here this week.

“Congratulations to Dennis (Franchione) and Texas A&M on their success. Our team is very excited about playing in this football game.

HEAD COACHES NEWS CONFERENCE - Texas A&M Coach Dennis Franch

Thursday, December 30th, 2004
Opening comments: “It has been a great week. Our players have had a great time. Our coaching staff has had a great time. We’ve had a special season in a lot of ways. This is a great place to be to finish this season. Hopefully, it will be something that will springboard us into next year. The guys have worked very hard. We’ve had good practices both at home and here on site. I think they’re a little anxious to get to the game now. É They’ve been very appreciative of the activities they’ve had, but they’re anxious to get to play in the Cotton Bowl and look forward to the game.

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS DEFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
Defensive Coordinator John Chavis

On his connection to Texas A&M Defensive Coordinator Carl Torbush: “It goes back a long way. Dan Brooks is really where it gets tied in. Dan Brooks is our defensive line coach and he and Carl coached together at North Carolina. We hired Dan from that staff probably 11 years ago. Since that time, there has been a lot of things that have gone back and forth. É In the coaching profession when you play somebody, that’s your competition and that’s the way you’ve got to look at it.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES OFFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
Offensive Coordinator Les Koenning

On the week of preparation thus far: “It has really been good. The kids have been focused. We’ve had some very, very spirited practices. Guys have gotten after it. É We’re a high-rep organization. We do a lot of teaching on film. That has probably been the roughest part for us because the Cotton Bowl does such a great job with festivities and keeping our kids going. We’re trying to squeeze in some film work and be able to watch that in the morning.

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS DEFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
Defensive Coordinator John Chavis

On his connection to Texas A&M Defensive Coordinator Carl Torbush: “It goes back a long way. Dan Brooks is really where it gets tied in. Dan Brooks is our defensive line coach and he and Carl coached together at North Carolina. We hired Dan from that staff probably 11 years ago. Since that time, there has been a lot of things that have gone back and forth. É In the coaching profession when you play somebody, that’s your competition and that’s the way you’ve got to look at it.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES OFFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
Offensive Coordinator Les Koenning

On the week of preparation thus far: “It has really been good. The kids have been focused. We’ve had some very, very spirited practices. Guys have gotten after it. É We’re a high-rep organization. We do a lot of teaching on film. That has probably been the roughest part for us because the Cotton Bowl does such a great job with festivities and keeping our kids going. We’re trying to squeeze in some film work and be able to watch that in the morning.

TEXAS A&M VISISTS CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004
Dallas Ð Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione and his coaching staff along with the Aggie football team, took time out of their hectic bowl schedule to visit children at Children’s Medical Center on Wednesday, sponsored by Sanford Sharpie. It was the 15th consecutive visit that a Cotton Bowl participant had taken part of such an event.
The coaches and players spent more than an hour visiting with the children and took part in activities with them that included coloring a banner wishing the squad luck to glittering team logos and the SBC Cotton Bowl logo on paper.

TEXAS A&M AGGIES DEFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004
Defensive Coordinator Carl Torbush

On whether it is special to play Tennessee in a bowl game after having grown up in Knoxville: “I’m not sure I thought we would ever be playing Tennessee again after we left the University of Alabama. It’s kind of interesting because just a year ago we spent a great deal of time with the Tennessee staff talking X’s and O’s with them. People would think it would make a lot of difference, but it’s usually the guys running those X’s and O’s.

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS OFFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach Randy Sanders

On being at the SBC Cotton Bowl: “This is the third Cotton Bowl I’ve been a part of as a coach. I came here in 1989 when we played Arkansas and then again in 2001 against Kansas State. We are excited about the weather as compared to the game against Kansas State. We are certainly excited to be here.”

On the Texas A&M Defense: “The thing that jumps out at you when you look at the stats is the pass attempts that they have had (against them).

TEXAS A&M AGGIES DEFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004
Defensive Coordinator Carl Torbush

On whether it is special to play Tennessee in a bowl game after having grown up in Knoxville: “I’m not sure I thought we would ever be playing Tennessee again after we left the University of Alabama. It’s kind of interesting because just a year ago we spent a great deal of time with the Tennessee staff talking X’s and O’s with them. People would think it would make a lot of difference, but it’s usually the guys running those X’s and O’s.

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS OFFENSIVE NEWS CONFERENCE

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach Randy Sanders

On being at the SBC Cotton Bowl: “This is the third Cotton Bowl I’ve been a part of as a coach. I came here in 1989 when we played Arkansas and then again in 2001 against Kansas State. We are excited about the weather as compared to the game against Kansas State. We are certainly excited to be here.”

On the Texas A&M Defense: “The thing that jumps out at you when you look at the stats is the pass attempts that they have had (against them).

TENNESSEE VISITS TEXAS SCOTTISH RITE HOSPITAL

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004
Dallas Ð The University of Tennessee players and head coach Phillip Fulmer took time out of their hectic bowl schedule to visit children at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital on Monday.
Fulmer and over 40 Volunteer players spent more than an hour visiting patient rooms while signing hats and posters. The patients received gift bags provided by Dr Pepper Bottling Company of Texas and teddy bears donated by Bank of America. Sanford provided Sharpies for autographs.
In a week filled with SBC Cotton Bowl activities, Fulmer said visiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the highlights for his team.

TENNESSEE MEDIA DAY

Monday, December 27th, 2004
Head Coach Phillip Fulmer

Opening Statement: “Over the years after attending different bowl games around the country, this is absolutely the very best. As far as a host city and host individuals, they make you feel very welcome to their community. They go out of their way to make sure the team, their staff, and the support personal have a good time as well as for example the facility that we’re able to practice in today and yesterday gives us the best opportunity to prepare for a game so we appreciate very much all help and the hospitality.

TEXAS A&M MEDIA DAY

Monday, December 27th, 2004
Head Coach Dennis Franchione

Overview: “It’s great to be here finally. It’s nice to get back to work and practice. We’ve had a good time while we’ve been here a short amount of time. Today was a good workout. We practiced in full pads. We’ll relate this week primarily to a normal week of preparation. Today was kind of a bonus day. We’ve had enough breaks in our practice schedule. It was good to have this day. .. I thought we had a good, spirited workout.

TENNESSEE MEDIA DAY

Monday, December 27th, 2004
Head Coach Phillip Fulmer

Opening Statement: “Over the years after attending different bowl games around the country, this is absolutely the very best. As far as a host city and host individuals, they make you feel very welcome to their community. They go out of their way to make sure the team, their staff, and the support personal have a good time as well as for example the facility that we’re able to practice in today and yesterday gives us the best opportunity to prepare for a game so we appreciate very much all help and the hospitality.
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