How has this team's focus been affected by the coaching change?
JLS: Our goal is not going to change. It's to win the SEC championship. Once you get that, you're playing for the big one. That's our expectation.
What is your main worry this season?
JLS: We're not as deep as we'd like to be on defense. Our defensive front will be very capable, but our linebackers and secondary have to stay healthy.
SI: YOU SIGNED A 10-MONTH CONTRACT. WILL THAT IMPACT HOW YOU COACH?
JLS: TEN MONTHS IS NO DIFFERENT THAN FOUR YEARS. YOU ACT LIKE YOU'LL BE HERE A LIFETIME. BUT THE REALITY IS, YOU HAVE TO PRODUCE. IF THEY WANT YOU GONE YOU'RE GONE.
There appeared to be several viable internal head coaching candidates. Were there hurt feelings among the assistants?
JLS: I'm sure. But we don't have time to think about that. There won't be a transition. The staff has hit the ground running and we have to come even closer together.
Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino stayed on after his brother's firing. Any awkwardness?
JLS: Of the coaches on staff, Paul and I have been together the longest. We're part of each other's family. Paul knows what had to take place. Would he love to be head coach? There may be a point in time when he may be. But I don't think he would say anything but, "This is the right move and I'm going to do everything I can do." He's a super individual.