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gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to allvol9:

Don't understand all of the negatives on here. Butch Jones is a good young coach...and a Brian Kelly clone. Worked under him for 6 years. Jones teams have won the Big East the last 2 years...and tonight he was named CBS's Big East Coach of the year over....yes...Charlie Strong. Hope this gets done.

The negatives are coming from those who hate Hart and those who cant get over that their coaching god Gruden isnt coming to UT. Nobody else will suffice for them.

MathMan1973 writes:

The best that could be done considering the state of UT football...Definitely better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick...Surely he will not turn the job down!

FLORIDAGATORHATER writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I thought I heard a player say: Yes Sir?? That's a sound UT coaches probably haven't heard since Major's was coaching at UT..I like the discipline and respect he commands..GBO!!

Yep. He really has a good presence, and you can tell his players love him. Sometimes all a guy needs is a shot. This video alone raises him above a lot of the "big names" we were looking at, including Strong. He won't be a popular hire at first, but the fans will come around once they see what he's all about.

racvol#234960 writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

How does a guy that coaches at a "BCS" school and gets blown out by a 1-7 Derek Dooley coached team land this gig?

Every other BCS-conference coach that lost to Dooley in regulation was fired.

Because it was one loss and their fan base didn't scream to fire him. They ended up going to a bowl and winning that. Followed that up by going 9-3 and tying for conference championship and going to a bowl again.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

Nick Saban was 34-24 coming out of Michigan state.

Brian Kelly was 19-16 coming out of Central Michigan. Then 34-6 at Cincinnati.

Butch Jones 27-13 Central Michigan, Cincinnati 23-14.

Do you like those Apples?

VolFanInAth writes:

Keep Bobby Petrino far away from my beloved Vols. He is a great coach dont get me wrong but he's just like Lane Kiffin, except hes left two teams behind overnight. Why would we want to run the risk of being the third. I dont know much about Butch Jones though, looks like I need to do my research on him.

redskinvol1 writes:

BUTCH JONES IS A JOKE AND HART SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF IF THIS HAPPENS!!HART REALLY THINKS FANS WANT TO SUPPORT A COACH THAT LOST TO DOOLEY?I SUPPORT TRESSEL FOR COACH IN 2015!!THREE YEARS TOPS TILL JONES GETS LAUGHED OUT OF TOWN!!TRESSEL 2015!!

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to FLORIDAGATORHATER:

Not true. You can tell this by his first year at each school. He went quickly from a losing record in his first year to winning a lot of games his second and third years. If he just inherited the talent, there would not have been a drop-off after the initial coaches left.

John Majors had a losing season his 4th year. Just sayin'

FLORIDAGATORHATER writes:

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

Nick Saban was 34-24 coming out of Michigan state.

Brian Kelly was 19-16 coming out of Central Michigan. Then 34-6 at Cincinnati.

Butch Jones 27-13 Central Michigan, Cincinnati 23-14.

Do you like those Apples?

Hmmm. Hard to say. Kelly definitely did better at Cincy, but Jones was on the right track years two and three. Saban's numbers at Michigan St. worse than I suspected.

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to VFLVFLVFL:

Omg!!! Wake me up in 3 years when we look for our next coach... remove upper deck at neyland... we wont need it

Troll

FLORIDAGATORHATER writes:

in response to redskinvol1:

BUTCH JONES IS A JOKE AND HART SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF IF THIS HAPPENS!!HART REALLY THINKS FANS WANT TO SUPPORT A COACH THAT LOST TO DOOLEY?I SUPPORT TRESSEL FOR COACH IN 2015!!THREE YEARS TOPS TILL JONES GETS LAUGHED OUT OF TOWN!!TRESSEL 2015!!

A joke? Do some research on the guy. He's a winner. Not saying he's a rock star. But he wins. UT had more talent than Cincinnati when we beat them. A lot more. By your logic, if Dooley was coaching Bama, and Saban was coaching Missouri, and Bama destroyed them, you would believe that Dooley was the better coach. Think it through.

allvol9 writes:

Butch Jones is 50-27 in wins. Kiffin and Dooley had losing records. Jones can't help it if he followed Kelly. I am impressed with what I have seen and hope we get him. I don't get all the Dooms Day people on here...but I should get used to it.

tnvol4ever writes:

Looks like a coach, talks like a coach, walks like a coach, just maybe???

ashvol7 writes:

in response to roobomb:

The next move after hiring Butch Jones would be to immediately fire Dave Hart.

You are right on the call for Hart to be gone, should have never been hired to begin with. Cut the ties with anyone who came out of the state of Alabama. Make sure Sal is in the car with him when he leaves. Do you think we could send Cheeks with him and just clean the place up?

onetruevol706 writes:

let him sign the papers and start recruiting. so far behind so little time. it cant be worse than the last few years.

redskinvol1 writes:

HART NEEDED SOMEONE THAT COULD UNIFY THE FAN BASE AND JONES WILL NOT DO!!

rabblerowser writes:

in response to FLORIDAGATORHATER:

Not much validity to your comment, although it sounds good. Everyone knows UT had a lot more talent than Cincinnati when Dooley beat them. You give Jones our current roster and he would have at least beaten Vandy and Georgia.

Maybe GA, but not VU. 41-18 ain't close...and it could've been much worse. Get a grip, dude!

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

Hart could not sell opium in an opium den.

He has screwed up the entire coaching recruitment, if Jones is the selection.

In addition to being substandard for a position as demandin gas Head Coach of UT,---which was a greatly respected position until Hamilton and Hart got through mishandling everything about it-- ButchJones does not exactly inspire anybody who knows anything about football. He is Derrick Dooley with a little bit less rich kid ambiance, and a little more of the work ethic of Fulmer, without actually working as hard as did Fulmer, and also without the recruiting ability or the coaching ability of either Fulmer or Cutcliffe.

Jones will be eaten alive by Florida, Bama, Arkansas, South Carolina, Vandy and maybe Kentucky, and Georgia and also A&M and LSU. And sooner or later, he will face them all...

If you thought Battle was bad...get ready for Dooley Light.

Hart does not care. He just proved it.
And Cheek is his partner in slime.

UT is now the offical laughing stock of the SEC...

In short, Hart needs to be fired. If Hart makes Spring practice as a UT employee, the Board of Trustees needs to be replaced---all of them. And because Hart needs to be thrown off the side of Neyland Stadium's pressbox,
Cheek should be pulled down the river by one of the Vol Navy boats to use as catfish bait.

This shows that both of them have utter contempt for UT, our traditions and absolutely ZERO loyalty or respect of The University of Tennessee.

One more thing: Fulmer beat the phooey out of Hart's program, and Alabama, and was beginning to hold his own against Florida, when Craphead Hamilton fired him.

Fulmer is better than Jones, better than Strong, better than Pellini, better than almost every coach that Hart has been reported ot have interviewed---based on Fulmer's track record. And he is as good as every one of the rest, including Gruden.

What Hamilton, Peterson, Hart and Cheek have done to UT is almost criminal---and all should be sued to regain the monies paid them.

Just that simple.

Jones has no business being UT's head coach. Just like Cheek has no business being chancellor.

redskinvol1 writes:

in response to FLORIDAGATORHATER:

A joke? Do some research on the guy. He's a winner. Not saying he's a rock star. But he wins. UT had more talent than Cincinnati when we beat them. A lot more. By your logic, if Dooley was coaching Bama, and Saban was coaching Missouri, and Bama destroyed them, you would believe that Dooley was the better coach. Think it through.

SEEN HIM COACH FIRST HAND AND DOOLEY SCHOOLED HIM!!JONES EXCITES NO ONE AND I BET DEEP DOWN HE IS NOT WHO YOU WOULD HIRE EITHER!!FIRE HART NOW!!

AncientVolFan writes:

I hope Jones wins the National Championship next year. Or in two years. But I think it speaks volumes about how good a job UT really is.

allvol9 writes:

The same people that are freaking out would have freaked out 3 years ago is Brian Kelley had been hired. Wow.

tnvol4ever writes:

Seen interviews with Strong. Seen interviews with Jones. Watched Louisville games. Watched Cinn. games. Much rather have Jones as coach.

ashvol7 writes:

in response to VOLsince68:

I would rather have Fulmer back and I thought I would never say that.

GBO VFL!!!

I wouldn't ever say that because I don't and would never want him back for any reason. I wouldn't have ever paid him six million when he left, what a waste of money.

John_10065 writes:

in response to gobigorange5090:

Since you dont like what Adams' writes, why do you read him??

Actually it is the first Adams article I have read in a couple weeks. I did notice that on the day after Dooley got fired he put up a half dozen columns. I know he couldn't help himself. He even put more a few articles on a Sunday. He has to be so happy with the disarray to do that. I didn't read any of them until this evening.

It's like a train wreck. You know it is carnage before you ever look but eventually you turn your eyes in that direction and see the twisted mass.

Doobz15 writes:

If the LSU, Alabama, or Florida job was open, would they settle for Jones? Let that sink in. That should display how far UT football has fallen.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to ACWLY:

I didn't know John Adams was on the Petrino wagon, definitely not an Adams fan but he might be correct on this one, MAYBE!

John could say good Lord and have more comments than this coach searching activity. I think this is a very cute way to be non committal until it is over. But I also think he is correct, Petrino is one of the best college coaches still out there. No NCAA problems, has HC experience etc. You want a winner, look at his resume. Worried about what Mommies will think when he shows up recruiting their son. Don't be, there just maybe a fair share that want to talk it over at dinner and a glass of wine. Petrino's resume is pretty good in that area also.

wcirwin64#584242 writes:

I started not to comment but I just couldn't take it . . People, John Gruden was never coming to U.T. That whole thing was started by fans saying "we ought to go hire Gruden" If our program was in better shape than Bama's, we had all 5 star recruits, 22 starters returning which all had NFL talent,2 or 3 Heisman candidates, and offered him a 5 mil a year 10 year contract with huge bonuses starting with every win over 6 & more for division titles, SEC championship games & so on . . He was not coming, never had any interest in coaching here or any other college. Charlie Strong is who I wanted, but he can now make the same money and not have to rebuild a program or go up against Saban, Spurrier, Reicht, Muschamp & the rest of the SEC on gameday or recruiting. He could be a legend at U.L. in the ACC. I think he could have gotten U.T. to averaging 9-10 wins a year and an occasional division title. Gundy is flashy but I don't think he would have been a good fit. So we have Jones, Fedora, Golden, Davis, & Petrino left out there. Of those I think Jones or Fedora would be the better picks. However, why not go get "The Chief" John Chavis. The man loves Tennessee, wants to be a head coach, and would put together a staff that bleeds ORANGE. just a thought. I have made these comments by researching the coaches records, experience, mentors, recruiting ability in the south, and the type of person they reportedly are .. not on an emotion or desire for a "flashy" name.

allvol9 writes:

in response to tnvol4ever:

Seen interviews with Strong. Seen interviews with Jones. Watched Louisville games. Watched Cinn. games. Much rather have Jones as coach.

I'm with you tnvol4ever. I really liked Strong but the more I see and read about Jones the more I like him.

WarriorVol writes:

in response to LifetimeVolFan:

John Adams is right on this one!

UT top 10 in all time wins.
UT top 10 in all time bowl wins.
UT top 10 in attendance.
UT top 10 in all time championships.

UT settles for an Alabama AD.
UT settles for an Florida Chancellor.

UA ranked number 2 in country.
UF ranked number 3 in country.

Couldn't sabotage a program any better myself--great job guys! Keep hiring those bottom-feeder coaches and all those stats above will be replaced with a school other than UT.

don't know bout sabatoge but I will say this. People always talk about how the kids should come here for the school not the coach. Well many have. They came because they believed in UT. UT should be ashamed of what they are putting in front of these kids now to lead them . It is not what they were sold UT was about.

You will not fool many more for very long.

The rebate from Academics will not be there again in three years if this hire is botched. This hire will make or break UT football.

The best is there. Pay him or kiss the Tennessee team we all grew up with goodbye.

You can not afford not to.

spacehistorian writes:

Only time will tell if hiring Butch Jones was a success (if UT does indeed hire him). There are several successful coaches at major BCS schools who started at mid-majors and Jones could be one of them or at least we are desperate for him to be the One. In this era of instant social media any coach Tennessee hires will have an impatient fanbase looking over his shoulder. So now we wait for the press conference to make it official and then cross out fingers with the fervent wish he is the right man to lead our Vols back to an elite status in the mighty SEC. Go Vols!

racvol#234960 writes:

in response to redskinvol1:

HART NEEDED SOMEONE THAT COULD UNIFY THE FAN BASE AND JONES WILL NOT DO!!

as a member of the fanbase I don't recall asking you to speak on my behalf

pcshowtime writes:

in response to VolFanInAth:

Keep Bobby Petrino far away from my beloved Vols. He is a great coach dont get me wrong but he's just like Lane Kiffin, except hes left two teams behind overnight. Why would we want to run the risk of being the third. I dont know much about Butch Jones though, looks like I need to do my research on him.

I got news for you this guy has been all around the country looking at jobs how faithful do you think he will be. The thing is we had leverage on Bobby petrino and could have written the contract to make it very expensive for him to leave.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to rabblerowser:

Maybe GA, but not VU. 41-18 ain't close...and it could've been much worse. Get a grip, dude!

He beat Vandy in the bowl game year before, so maybe you need to get a grip?

WarriorVol writes:

Are we going to accept failure, irrelevance, mediocritmediocrity here or are we not. Is that what we are going to give those that bleed orange?

JOHNWARD4EVER writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

If JA supports him then that sells it for me that Jones is not the answer for UT.

JA is not a Vol fan thats for sure. Why KNS continues to employee him is one of life's greatest mysteries.

simply because he p!@$es us off! bad news to us ,is great for the media people. they got our attention, thats all they strive for. It's not really news reporting anymore,it's all but a soap opera to them. Tune in next week,!!

FLORIDAGATORHATER writes:

in response to WarriorVol:

Are we going to accept failure, irrelevance, mediocritmediocrity here or are we not. Is that what we are going to give those that bleed orange?

The only mediocrity we are willing to accept is your spelling, WarriorVol.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Hart could not sell opium in an opium den.

He has screwed up the entire coaching recruitment, if Jones is the selection.

In addition to being substandard for a position as demandin gas Head Coach of UT,---which was a greatly respected position until Hamilton and Hart got through mishandling everything about it-- ButchJones does not exactly inspire anybody who knows anything about football. He is Derrick Dooley with a little bit less rich kid ambiance, and a little more of the work ethic of Fulmer, without actually working as hard as did Fulmer, and also without the recruiting ability or the coaching ability of either Fulmer or Cutcliffe.

Jones will be eaten alive by Florida, Bama, Arkansas, South Carolina, Vandy and maybe Kentucky, and Georgia and also A&M and LSU. And sooner or later, he will face them all...

If you thought Battle was bad...get ready for Dooley Light.

Hart does not care. He just proved it.
And Cheek is his partner in slime.

UT is now the offical laughing stock of the SEC...

In short, Hart needs to be fired. If Hart makes Spring practice as a UT employee, the Board of Trustees needs to be replaced---all of them. And because Hart needs to be thrown off the side of Neyland Stadium's pressbox,
Cheek should be pulled down the river by one of the Vol Navy boats to use as catfish bait.

This shows that both of them have utter contempt for UT, our traditions and absolutely ZERO loyalty or respect of The University of Tennessee.

One more thing: Fulmer beat the phooey out of Hart's program, and Alabama, and was beginning to hold his own against Florida, when Craphead Hamilton fired him.

Fulmer is better than Jones, better than Strong, better than Pellini, better than almost every coach that Hart has been reported ot have interviewed---based on Fulmer's track record. And he is as good as every one of the rest, including Gruden.

What Hamilton, Peterson, Hart and Cheek have done to UT is almost criminal---and all should be sued to regain the monies paid them.

Just that simple.

Jones has no business being UT's head coach. Just like Cheek has no business being chancellor.

Jones beat Vandy at Cincy on neutral field.

Do some research the guy wins and goes to bowl games, more than others can say.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to wolftever:

can he manage the clock?...

Maybe not. But he can count to 12, he goes bare footed on the side line.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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He's ranked one of the best recruiters in his conference. Cincy is not that far.

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to FLORIDAGATORHATER:

Not much validity to your comment, although it sounds good. Everyone knows UT had a lot more talent than Cincinnati when Dooley beat them. You give Jones our current roster and he would have at least beaten Vandy and Georgia.

I'm not saying he's a bad coach but just bringing up a concern of mine.

Under your same logic, shouldn't have he been able to keep it as close as UAB or Troy did since they have much less talent than Cincy?

Jones did beat the bleep out of Vandy last yr.

JOHNWARD4EVER writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You made sense for the first time,Congrats!!

wildmed writes:

The drama of Tennessee's coaching search has dragged on WAY TOO long! If BJ is down with UT, I say give the guy a chance and I'll bet we end up with a better recruiting class than Dooley had (28th in the country) and I'll bet, even with a meat grinder of a schedule next year, we'll have a better record than this year's 5-7. I'm ready to back a winner and Jones may be that guy!

RaineyVol writes:

in response to FLORIDAGATORHATER:

Not true. You can tell this by his first year at each school. He went quickly from a losing record in his first year to winning a lot of games his second and third years. If he just inherited the talent, there would not have been a drop-off after the initial coaches left.

Yea, Sunseri inherited talent too.

allvol9 writes:

in response to wildmed:

The drama of Tennessee's coaching search has dragged on WAY TOO long! If BJ is down with UT, I say give the guy a chance and I'll bet we end up with a better recruiting class than Dooley had (28th in the country) and I'll bet, even with a meat grinder of a schedule next year, we'll have a better record than this year's 5-7. I'm ready to back a winner and Jones may be that guy!

Agreed. This guy could be our Brian Kelly. It is obvious we aren't getting the rock star hire....so I really like what I am reading am hearing about Butch Jones.

oskie_score writes:

Whether B Jones or ???
Consider this...we've had 3 HC's (this hire = #4) since 2008. Seasonal record as follows
2008 5-7
2009 7-6
2010 6-7
2011 5-7
2012 5-7
We need a coach who will be consistently competitive. One who is capable of coaching against and beating the Alabama's, Florida's, Georgia's, and now South Carolina's. One who can lead this program back atop the SEC East, challenge for the SEC Conf Title (GA Dome), play in BCS Bowls, return Tennessee football to Top 10-15 national status (yr-in, yr-out), and put us in a position to compete for Natl Championships.
Ask yourself is B Jones that coach? Is Fedora? As AD it is Hart's fiduciary duty/responsibility to locate, interview, and hire the best available candidate for the program and too, to represent the university of Tennessee.

We're at a crossroads, this next hire will be a defining moment for this program and this University.

bcm4ut writes:

this is a complete disaster. We are a joke. We will be a joke until some steps in a posistive direction are taken. Firing Dooley was a step forward, but Butch Jones is a step sideways at best. The boosters put up the money and this is what they get on that investment. I would be in complete outrage had I been putting up the funds for a PROVEN head coach. Hart must know he is setting hisself up for the un-employment line.

VolsFanInAfghanistan writes:

Alabama, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, big name SEC teams right now. Theres an old saying to be the best you have to beat the best. Are you telling me that theres not 1 coach out there that would relish competing to beat the coaches at these schools. Coaches are turning us down for what ever reason to not compete. Money be damned. Get someone that will get us a better record than 5-7, 1-7 in the conference. Petrino, Davis, Jones, Roman, I don't care if Jesus almighty wants to coach the Vols, get someone in here already and stop this train wreck.

jplemons80 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Hart could not sell opium in an opium den.

He has screwed up the entire coaching recruitment, if Jones is the selection.

In addition to being substandard for a position as demandin gas Head Coach of UT,---which was a greatly respected position until Hamilton and Hart got through mishandling everything about it-- ButchJones does not exactly inspire anybody who knows anything about football. He is Derrick Dooley with a little bit less rich kid ambiance, and a little more of the work ethic of Fulmer, without actually working as hard as did Fulmer, and also without the recruiting ability or the coaching ability of either Fulmer or Cutcliffe.

Jones will be eaten alive by Florida, Bama, Arkansas, South Carolina, Vandy and maybe Kentucky, and Georgia and also A&M and LSU. And sooner or later, he will face them all...

If you thought Battle was bad...get ready for Dooley Light.

Hart does not care. He just proved it.
And Cheek is his partner in slime.

UT is now the offical laughing stock of the SEC...

In short, Hart needs to be fired. If Hart makes Spring practice as a UT employee, the Board of Trustees needs to be replaced---all of them. And because Hart needs to be thrown off the side of Neyland Stadium's pressbox,
Cheek should be pulled down the river by one of the Vol Navy boats to use as catfish bait.

This shows that both of them have utter contempt for UT, our traditions and absolutely ZERO loyalty or respect of The University of Tennessee.

One more thing: Fulmer beat the phooey out of Hart's program, and Alabama, and was beginning to hold his own against Florida, when Craphead Hamilton fired him.

Fulmer is better than Jones, better than Strong, better than Pellini, better than almost every coach that Hart has been reported ot have interviewed---based on Fulmer's track record. And he is as good as every one of the rest, including Gruden.

What Hamilton, Peterson, Hart and Cheek have done to UT is almost criminal---and all should be sued to regain the monies paid them.

Just that simple.

Jones has no business being UT's head coach. Just like Cheek has no business being chancellor.

You have got to be kidding with your rant. Fulmer is done in the coaching business. He has been away too long to be of significance. And besides, his best days were past him before he was fired.
Fulmer did some great things here, in his day, but the game has passed him by. Besides, if you'll step back and take a good hard look at him, you'll realise that he is the biggest squander of talent in the SEC. He recruited great players but couldn't get the full potential out of them.
Jones may not be the next great coach, but he is better than bring Fulmer back to finish to finish the job he started. That is running this program completely into the ground

JOHNWARD4EVER writes:

Fulmer/A.D.
Chavis/D.C.
Chaney/O.C.
Graham/R.B.C.
Tee Martin/W.R./Q.B.
Dale Jones/L.B.
Sam Pitman/O.L.
Terry Fair/D.B.
PRICELESS!!!!

TheStupidPolice writes:

in response to GoVols_16:

Cincy did beat Va Tech this year & Michigan State last year. Jones' record/experience is MUCH BETTER than Dooley's or Kiffin's. He WANTS the job & has turned down other offers b/c some (GoVols 247) have said for about 2 weeks that Jones feels like he is in the running to get the UT job. He is at Cincinnati for crying out loud, but he still seems to get his players to play hard & they WIN. Dooley was 4-8 the year before he came to Knoxville. Cincy just finished 9-3 & do have some quality wins.

Lets face it folks--our program right now is a mess, but if Jones can get us back to our winning ways, that is a start.

GO VOLS

You want us to get excited about a coach who beat a 6-6 Virginia Tech team (worst record since '92) and a 6-7 Michigan State team? He did beat Austin Peay 72-10. That's something to get excited about.

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