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Danny White focuses on quickly hiring new Tennessee football coach

Danny White is embracing the opportunity Tennessee is giving him to rebuild a Power 5 program and not even the prospect of potential NCAA punishment deterred him from taking the athletics director job.

“I’ve never worked at the big brand place until now, and I actually like the fact that the brand needs to be polished a little bit, needs to be elevated back to where it was just not too long ago,” White said at his introductory news conference Friday.

White’s first job is hiring a new football coach with the Volunteers in the midst of both an internal and NCAA investigation into recruiting issues that cost coach Jeremy Pruitt, two assistant coaches and seven others their jobs Monday.