"You'd better be tough," Hoke said. "Toughness is something that you have to have in this game. That's mental and physical toughness, and I think pride and ownership in who they are and who they represent, from their families and their name and from how they're going to represent each other out there on the field. That's really important, (and) obviously how quickly they can learn."
"Tennessee has a great tradition, a great program and a rabid fan base," Hoke said in a university statement. "That is something you always want to be involved with. To come here and be a part of this staff - Coach Jones and I have known each other a long time - it's something that we are very excited about and can't wait to get started."