Vols don't follow signs in this morning's practice

KNOXVILLE - When the University of Tennessee football team exits its locker room inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center, there's a large mural surrounding the door that leads out to Haslam FIeld, where the Vols practice.

The mural features second-year coach Derek Dooley's favorite motto: "Relentless pursuit of continuous improvement."

The Volunteers, however, didn't take that sign with them on the field for this morning's practice.

"That's our sign, that's what we stand for and I told the players, there's not a parentheses under it that says, 'When I feel like it,' unless somebody wrote it this morning," Dooley said. "But that was about the mentality today: 'I don't feel like it, so I'm not going to do it.' It was not the start that we needed mentally.

"We are a very immature team when it comes to working, and we have to learn that nobody really cares how you feel.