NCAA Football

UCF's Heupel hired as Tennessee coach

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Josh Heupel believes he can win quickly at Tennessee and position the football program for long-term success. He's so confident that not even the specter of NCAA sanctions deterred him from joining his former UCF boss in a package deal for the Volunteers.

Heupel was introduced Wednesday as the program's 27th head coach and fifth, not counting interim or acting coaches, since the end of the 2008 season. He replaces Jeremy Pruitt, who was fired Jan. 18 after an investigation into recruiting issues.

He said he talked "frankly" with Tennessee leadership about what happened and the anticipated punishment.

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