"We've been through a lot together," George says. "Meeting in trailers. Bad facilities. Fans cheering against us. We didn't feel very wanted. All we had was each other, and we still do."
That's one reason why Reese wasn't afraid to sign Pickens. Tennessee's leaders—McNair, George, Wycheck, guard Bruce Matthews and safeties Blaine Bishop and Marcus Robertson—are low-key types, and Fisher expects them to help Pickens feel comfortable.
"It's not going to be a problem," Reese adds. "Our locker room is strong, and he's coming into a positive environment. I think he'll fit right in."
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