Day 4 in Nashville included both Butch Davis of North Carolina and Tennessee's Derek Dooley meeting with the media one final time before Thursday night's 13th annual Music City Bowl.
It was time for the mutual admiration society as both coaches proclaimed their respect for the adversity the other program had been through this season. With regards to winning the game, Coach Dooley said it's no fun losing a bowl game. Coach Davis said it can certainly springboard his program into 2011.
Both coaches also praised the other team's quarterback, with Derek Dooley acknowledging senior TJ. Yates's maturity and leadership. Butch Davis was impressed by Tyler Bray's improvement, even likening the freshman to a young Ken Dorsey when he was at Miami.
Both quarterbacks will get to prove their worth on the national stage Thursday night. By the way, the Music City Bowl held its annual battle of the bands on Broadway in downtown Nashville Wednesday night. The predominantly Big Orange crowd would tell you the Pride of the Southland Marching Band won. We'll see if the Vols can follow suit at LP Field on Thursday.