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The Butch Jones hire is a definite upgrade in my opinion. His pluses are:1. He has an overall winning record2. He has to be a fairly good recruiter, and3. Most importantly, he brought a good portion of his Cincinnati staf with him.
If you recall, when Derek Dooley took over the UT program had to form a staff from ssistants of which he had little personal knowledge. Perhaps that had something to do with the inconsistency in his game plans, lack of ability to make signifcant halftime adjustments, and the exit of so many assistants after Coach Dooley's (Derek not Vince) second year.
Butch Jones loses some points for not being able to bring Tee Martin on as a key Asasistant/Recruiter. He also has to deal with a host of commitments of high school athletes who may not be able to perform at the level necessary for SEC competition. According to Scout 4 of those commitments have become "soft." Of these, Ben Badley, Jason Carr and Dan Skipper appear to me to be the "soft commitments" of consequenses.
Riley Ferguson, Paul Harris, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, and Austin Sanders seem to be best suited for SEC performance. Consquently, with less than 8 weeks from National Signing day this recruiting class may end up as a "wash." This will not be the fault of Butch Jones. The finger needs to be pointed at Coach Dooley(Derek not Vince)Dave Hart and a cast of thousands of UT Administrators and Board Members. Coach Butch Jones also is looking at the prospect of losing his top three playmakers (Bray, Hunter and Patterson) to the NFL whether they are physically/ mentally able or not. Therefore, I believe UT could be looking at a third 5-7 season but Butch Jones is the type of coach who deserves at least 4 years due to the first three points I listed. He may not ultimately be the Coach who can take UT to the BCS championship but I believe he will get UT on the road to that goal.
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