Local business owners, fans react to Butch Jones' hiring

New Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones addresses the media after being introduced by Athletic Director Dave Hart.

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New Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones addresses the media after being introduced by Athletic Director Dave Hart.

Friday morning ended a 19-day search with Butch Jones being named Tennessee's football coach, and for some area business owners, the decision could not have come soon enough.

"I'm just glad the coaching search is over," Rocky Top Books West manager Michael Jaynes said. "This past season, with all the hype at the beginning of the year going into the Florida game, we went from having a record sales day, to the last home game against Kentucky as a record low. We're just excited to get a change and look forward to the future."

While some were hoping for a big-name hire to resonate across the college football world, others see success as more important.

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"I think wins speak volumes," Jaynes said. "A name is just a name. Everybody was on the (Jon) Gruden train, but he isn't a proven college coach and who knows what we would have gotten there. If this guy wins, then the rest will take care of itself. Our sales need him to win."

Across town, HoundDogs UT Volunteers Apparel manager Jesse Thomason is taking a wait-and-see approach on Jones due to the wide range of responses to the hire.

"It's definitely not the super home run hire that a lot of people were wanting," Thomason said. "Jon Gruden would have definitely boosted our business immediately. If Jones can come in and get us a strong recruiting class, I think that will definitely help my business out."

Local business owners are not alone in their varied reaction to the new coach. UT students also responded to the news with mixed reactions.

"I was disappointed," Junior logistics major Josh Hunt said. "I thought if we were going to spend the money we did, we could have done better."

Some who watched the news conference liked what Jones had to say to the fan base, but are still taking a cautious approach.

"That is saying a lot," Junior English major Kerry Fillers said in regards to Jones' comment about Nick Saban and Les Miles having no SEC experience. "There are a lot of coaches that have had zero SEC experience that have done absolutely nothing. The odds aren't in his favor there."

Hunt sees the majority of the fan base supporting Jones and giving him a fair chance.

"I still plan on going to every game next year," Hunt said. "I just love this place. It's in my blood. That is why people get so upset, because they want the best for this program.

"Everyone's ultimate goal is to have this program win games."

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Butch Jones biography

Butch Jones' Memorandum of Understanding with Tennessee

Butch Jones press conference transcript

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Comments » 33

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Let's see, from those interviews we learned that Jon Gruden is not a proven coach (really?) and that it's "saying a lot" to say that a new coach in the SEC has no SEC experience. I think I'll go to the O Club and get a beer.

thecafeongreenwood writes:

I'll come by and purchase a "Hart Butchslapped UT" shirt. I bet sales would go through the roof. Any other slogan suggestions?

eyewild writes:

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Caneoverthere writes:

"Local Business Owners" - how Republican is that?

How many pay at or less than minimum wage with no benefits?

SouthDakotaBob writes:

Give the man a chance. This is the new coach. GBO!!!!

signalcorps writes:

we were in all games until the 4th quarter,,, until bray would throw the ball into the stands WR's dropping balls they could catch with one eye closed(theres reason why),,we do need running backs...

Richard2212 writes:

Butch Jones - what a joke of a pick from a joke of an Athletic Director - Hart. We got rid of the wrong guy again.

upfront writes:

in response to Caneoverthere:

"Local Business Owners" - how Republican is that?

How many pay at or less than minimum wage with no benefits?

What a stupid, unionish, obummer antiamerican post.

volbob writes:

in response to Caneoverthere:

"Local Business Owners" - how Republican is that?

How many pay at or less than minimum wage with no benefits?

You said it, democrat! Lets unionize the workers, get them up to $45 an hour, then hit the govmunt tit when the business fails! Helluva great idea! Go buy a Twinkie...oh, wait a minute. Can't!! Freakin' unionized democrat pigs drove the company out of business. Seriously, dude...get a life. This is about the next HC at The University of Tennessee; at least make the attempt to keep on the subject.

willphill#241787 writes:

Best hire UT could have made. He will bring back championships to the Vols.

Lookout1234 writes:

What UT really needs to do is get rid of their orange and white colors. They look like a bunch of sissy's when they go on the field. They might as well be wearing pink and white. What people in the know know, is dark colors like black, dark blue, dark green, are intimidating colors.
Case in Point - the Oakland Raiders with their black and silver uniforms. When they came on the field they looked like a bunch of bad boys.
The Nazis knew this and dressed their mean Panzer crews in black uniforms instead of the standard issue of field grey.
Orange is not very intimidating. And when they play away games they can't even dress out with orange as the main color. They look like a bunch of waiters prancing out on the field.
Ditch the orange and change the color so something that looks more menacing.

willphill#241787 writes:

in response to Lookout1234:

What UT really needs to do is get rid of their orange and white colors. They look like a bunch of sissy's when they go on the field. They might as well be wearing pink and white. What people in the know know, is dark colors like black, dark blue, dark green, are intimidating colors.
Case in Point - the Oakland Raiders with their black and silver uniforms. When they came on the field they looked like a bunch of bad boys.
The Nazis knew this and dressed their mean Panzer crews in black uniforms instead of the standard issue of field grey.
Orange is not very intimidating. And when they play away games they can't even dress out with orange as the main color. They look like a bunch of waiters prancing out on the field.
Ditch the orange and change the color so something that looks more menacing.

What?

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to volbob:

You said it, democrat! Lets unionize the workers, get them up to $45 an hour, then hit the govmunt tit when the business fails! Helluva great idea! Go buy a Twinkie...oh, wait a minute. Can't!! Freakin' unionized democrat pigs drove the company out of business. Seriously, dude...get a life. This is about the next HC at The University of Tennessee; at least make the attempt to keep on the subject.

Why don't you immature idiots try to grow up. This is a sports site. Why do you want to bring that garbage on here? There are plenty of political sites where you can spew all your hatred.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to Lookout1234:

What UT really needs to do is get rid of their orange and white colors. They look like a bunch of sissy's when they go on the field. They might as well be wearing pink and white. What people in the know know, is dark colors like black, dark blue, dark green, are intimidating colors.
Case in Point - the Oakland Raiders with their black and silver uniforms. When they came on the field they looked like a bunch of bad boys.
The Nazis knew this and dressed their mean Panzer crews in black uniforms instead of the standard issue of field grey.
Orange is not very intimidating. And when they play away games they can't even dress out with orange as the main color. They look like a bunch of waiters prancing out on the field.
Ditch the orange and change the color so something that looks more menacing.

Right, and how are the Oakland Raiders doing? In fact, how did the Nazis do? Are all the crazy people posting on here today? I don't think I've ever seen more stupid posts on here than I've seen today.

mdjaynes writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

Let's see, from those interviews we learned that Jon Gruden is not a proven coach (really?) and that it's "saying a lot" to say that a new coach in the SEC has no SEC experience. I think I'll go to the O Club and get a beer.

I believe I said college coach. Not football coach. Just to clarify.

luke255#536431 writes:

in response to Icthus:

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Well actually B-U-T-C-H is how you spell it..

BigVolFaninSC writes:

in response to Lookout1234:

What UT really needs to do is get rid of their orange and white colors. They look like a bunch of sissy's when they go on the field. They might as well be wearing pink and white. What people in the know know, is dark colors like black, dark blue, dark green, are intimidating colors.
Case in Point - the Oakland Raiders with their black and silver uniforms. When they came on the field they looked like a bunch of bad boys.
The Nazis knew this and dressed their mean Panzer crews in black uniforms instead of the standard issue of field grey.
Orange is not very intimidating. And when they play away games they can't even dress out with orange as the main color. They look like a bunch of waiters prancing out on the field.
Ditch the orange and change the color so something that looks more menacing.

Perhaps you need a history lesson about traditions at the University of Tennessee...I would suggest clicking on the Vol Historian's blog and ask him which book would help you the most! That would certainly be a better use of your time rather than posting this completely ignorant drivel!

Red_October writes:

in response to Richard2212:

Butch Jones - what a joke of a pick from a joke of an Athletic Director - Hart. We got rid of the wrong guy again.

Don't be a Richard.

LVFL90 writes:

in response to Lookout1234:

What UT really needs to do is get rid of their orange and white colors. They look like a bunch of sissy's when they go on the field. They might as well be wearing pink and white. What people in the know know, is dark colors like black, dark blue, dark green, are intimidating colors.
Case in Point - the Oakland Raiders with their black and silver uniforms. When they came on the field they looked like a bunch of bad boys.
The Nazis knew this and dressed their mean Panzer crews in black uniforms instead of the standard issue of field grey.
Orange is not very intimidating. And when they play away games they can't even dress out with orange as the main color. They look like a bunch of waiters prancing out on the field.
Ditch the orange and change the color so something that looks more menacing.

Great point! The Raiders consistently stink up the place and things ended REALLY well for the Nazis.......so to heck with tradition (and the most brilliant and glorious color combination ever on the hill in the fall of the year) because we want all the success that trendy black brings!

YORVOL writes:

in response to Lookout1234:

What UT really needs to do is get rid of their orange and white colors. They look like a bunch of sissy's when they go on the field. They might as well be wearing pink and white. What people in the know know, is dark colors like black, dark blue, dark green, are intimidating colors.
Case in Point - the Oakland Raiders with their black and silver uniforms. When they came on the field they looked like a bunch of bad boys.
The Nazis knew this and dressed their mean Panzer crews in black uniforms instead of the standard issue of field grey.
Orange is not very intimidating. And when they play away games they can't even dress out with orange as the main color. They look like a bunch of waiters prancing out on the field.
Ditch the orange and change the color so something that looks more menacing.

Sorry pal your blood is definitely not "ORANGE" like the rest of us. Go away.

Richard2212 writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

Why don't you immature idiots try to grow up. This is a sports site. Why do you want to bring that garbage on here? There are plenty of political sites where you can spew all your hatred.

You missed the point. UT as an Educational Institution is very political. If the President of UT isn't "in bed" with the Nashville Operators he is in big dodo. Colleges that receive State Funding are very political in everything they do.

CheckerboardPassed writes:

in response to Lookout1234:

What UT really needs to do is get rid of their orange and white colors. They look like a bunch of sissy's when they go on the field. They might as well be wearing pink and white. What people in the know know, is dark colors like black, dark blue, dark green, are intimidating colors.
Case in Point - the Oakland Raiders with their black and silver uniforms. When they came on the field they looked like a bunch of bad boys.
The Nazis knew this and dressed their mean Panzer crews in black uniforms instead of the standard issue of field grey.
Orange is not very intimidating. And when they play away games they can't even dress out with orange as the main color. They look like a bunch of waiters prancing out on the field.
Ditch the orange and change the color so something that looks more menacing.

I would think you would be happy with this new hire, given your hateful Neo-Nazi/Neo-Con comments toward pink and white and 'sissy's' (check spelling),... the football team seems to be "BUTCHING UP"!

Colts_VolFan writes:

in response to Caneoverthere:

"Local Business Owners" - how Republican is that?

How many pay at or less than minimum wage with no benefits?

Um. Wrong website Ivan. I think you're looking for Pravda.

Colts_VolFan writes:

in response to Lookout1234:

What UT really needs to do is get rid of their orange and white colors. They look like a bunch of sissy's when they go on the field. They might as well be wearing pink and white. What people in the know know, is dark colors like black, dark blue, dark green, are intimidating colors.
Case in Point - the Oakland Raiders with their black and silver uniforms. When they came on the field they looked like a bunch of bad boys.
The Nazis knew this and dressed their mean Panzer crews in black uniforms instead of the standard issue of field grey.
Orange is not very intimidating. And when they play away games they can't even dress out with orange as the main color. They look like a bunch of waiters prancing out on the field.
Ditch the orange and change the color so something that looks more menacing.

If this isn't a joke, it might be the dumbest thing anyone has ever posted. If it is a joke, kinda funny. Just win baby.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to Richard2212:

You missed the point. UT as an Educational Institution is very political. If the President of UT isn't "in bed" with the Nashville Operators he is in big dodo. Colleges that receive State Funding are very political in everything they do.

Where the hell did that come from? Did you read the article? If you did, and you interpreted it to be a political story, you must be the one that missed the point. The comment I was replying to was from a poster who used this site to spew Neo-Nazi hatred. And you think he was commenting on the President of UT dealing with the State Legislature in Nashville. Did you ever wonder why your professors would roll their eyes whenever you responded to a question in class?

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to mdjaynes:

I believe I said college coach. Not football coach. Just to clarify.

Yes, you did. My apologies.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to mdjaynes:

I believe I said college coach. Not football coach. Just to clarify.

By the way, if you have been manager at Rocky Top Books for a few years, you would probably know me if you saw me. I was one of your best customers. The only bookstore to go to on (or near) campus.

volfaninutah writes:

in response to Red_October:

Don't be a Richard.

Actually... richard cranium is more precise.

volfaninutah writes:

Also, I noticed Tommy Tuberville's name a few times during the coaching search. Maybe a good thing we didn't take him. He "blindsided" Tech today for Cinncinnati. So he just got lumped into the pile with Petrino for desertion.

stormblast writes:

in response to Caneoverthere:

"Local Business Owners" - how Republican is that?

How many pay at or less than minimum wage with no benefits?

"Local Business Owners" that provide jobs to people who, unlike "forward thinkers", want to actually work. They want to have some kind of pride and dignity instead of "willingly" trading in paychecks for welfare checks.

Go find msnbc.com or some other anti-American site.

This is a sports site. Not Bolshevik.com

johnlg00 writes:

in response to BigVolFaninSC:

Perhaps you need a history lesson about traditions at the University of Tennessee...I would suggest clicking on the Vol Historian's blog and ask him which book would help you the most! That would certainly be a better use of your time rather than posting this completely ignorant drivel!

I agree. Any random football fan in any part of the country idly flipping channels immediately recognizes the Big Orange. They surely were intimidating enough in '98 in their orange! Jones' job, and it is a big one, is to field a team good enough to cause that random fan to stop on that channel and actually watch the game! And of course good enough to cause us to fill our cavernous stadium again.

jstoval5 writes:

How in the world did this become a political discussion .... really??? I'm one of the first to talk politics, as my major is political science; however, not on a freaking sports site. My mind if kinda blown by the bad taste on those comments.

takespix writes:

in response to Lookout1234:

What UT really needs to do is get rid of their orange and white colors. They look like a bunch of sissy's when they go on the field. They might as well be wearing pink and white. What people in the know know, is dark colors like black, dark blue, dark green, are intimidating colors.
Case in Point - the Oakland Raiders with their black and silver uniforms. When they came on the field they looked like a bunch of bad boys.
The Nazis knew this and dressed their mean Panzer crews in black uniforms instead of the standard issue of field grey.
Orange is not very intimidating. And when they play away games they can't even dress out with orange as the main color. They look like a bunch of waiters prancing out on the field.
Ditch the orange and change the color so something that looks more menacing.

Kiss my @$$ loser. Vol colors are best on the planet!!

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