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"Jones hasn’t won a game at Tennessee. The only contest he’s coached was internal."
I gotta disagree. Jones is winning on the recruiting trail and in the SEC (this is what Dooley was never able to do). Jones is beating out Bama, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia for Recruits. If Jones does nothing else at UT, that is pretty amazing, especially considering how UT has been wandering in the wilderness for the last six years. He deserves credit for succeeding in the most competitive high school athletics recruiting market in the country.
I was critical of the guy when he was hired, but so far he's proven me and everyone else critical of his ability to recruit to be wrong. That deserves to be acknowledged and praised.
Of course, he still has to win on Saturdays in October, and that won't happen right away, but...I am an pretty cynical guy who is feeling quite optimistic right now. I still think that it's infinitely easier to fail in the SEC than succeed and I'm still leery of Jones's supposed "success" at Cincy, but I hope, I really really hope, that Coach continues to prove my initial assessment totally, 100% wrong.
So far, he is doing just that. Everyone is predicting that UT won't accomplish more than it did last season, but I think Jones will pull 7 wins and a bowl win. If he does that, then UT will be able to recruit lights out.
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