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#VolReport: What's at steak on Saturday

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Knoxville, Tn - In addition to pride, finely prepared steaks will be on the line for the 'Winner Dinner' at Saturday's DISH O&W Game. Butch Jones has set up the dinner where the winning team will have a top-notch supper served on fine china while the losing team will have franks and beans served on paper plates with sporks.

"We are calling it 'Winner Dinner,' everything in our football program is based off of competition," said Jones. "In fitting fashion, the winning team in the Spring Game will have a nice sit down dinner with servers, steak, and fine china. The losers will have hot dogs and beans and plastic utensils and paper plates."

Everything in the Tennessee football program is based on a competitive culture.

"We want something at stake," said Jones. "Just like the last practice of last week was to see who would wear the orange jerseys (the defense) and who would wear the white jerseys. So much is about the competitive excellence and the competitive greatness that we are working for each and every day. You have to teach players how to compete on a day-to-day basis.

These are life lessons Jones is teaching the Vols.

"You compete in life every day," he said. "You compete in academics. You compete on and off the field. That's the basis for our football program. We want to reward excellence in our football family."

Senior defensive back Justin Coleman will do all he can to make sure his orange team of the Vols' defense gets to eat that steak.

"Coach Jones will joke about every time someone has to eat a hot dog," said Coleman. "I'm trying to get that steak, it's what we want."

 
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