When my phone rang during a Tennessee spring practice, I was standing behind a linemen’s drill at Haslam Field. I was closer than I thought to the action.
After an exchange of hellos, my wife paused when she heard the background noise.
“Is that him?” she asked. “Is that Coach O?”
Ed Orgeron’s reputation preceded him at UT. Whether he’s issuing commands to a defensive lineman or recommending the purchase of a vehicle (“Tell ’em about it, Jo Jo”), he has one of the most distinctive voices in college football – so distinctive, in fact, that it’s recognizable 15 yards away from a cellphone.