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Like many Vols, when I first realized that Butch Jones would be announced as the new head coach - not just a rumor- I was kinda let down. Not because Jones is a terrible coach (I knew little about him when his name surfaced), but that's because I thought we would be hiring a legendary, household name for our next coach.
As the hours passed on the day he was announced UT's HHead Coach, I began to learn more about him and I was liking what I was learning. By the next day, I had gone from the frustration felt because I thought we made another Dooley hire + the public embarrassment of being turned down by other coaches, to feeling excitement. Excitement that accompanied the realization that we may have just made an off-the-radar hire of a much better coach than any other college this post-season.
It's also great to see other Vol fans becoming more supportive, as they learn more about our new coach by watching some of his previous teams play, seeing how his players respect him, and by the way he presents himself to the players, fans and media.
I'm sure you've heard, "Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't... you're right!" There have been people bashing his assertion that he would assemble America's best coaching staff. Most everyone does not believe he has hired the Nation's #1 staff, but as long as the staff, the players, and Coach Jones believe it... they might just turn out to be among the upper echelon of today's top programs.
If Coach Jones, his staff, and his players can continue to gain momentum heading into next season, we might have a level of pre-season anticipation and excitement like we have been missing for a long time!
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