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I'll never forget my first one-on-one interview with Vol basketball coach Bruce Pearl back in the fall of 2005. At the end of the 15-minute session, he sighed and said, "I just hope the fans won't be disappointed."

Pausing on my way out the door, I answered, "They won't be disappointed as long as the team hustles." Pearl nodded. "Yeah," he said. "That's a big part of it." Feeding off their high-energy coach, Pearl's first three Tennessee teams hustled out of the locker room and didn't stop hustling until the final horn sounded. Players would dive onto the floor or lunge into the stands in pursuit of loose...

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