The early approval rating of new Tennessee football coach Butch Jones could be found throughout the day Friday on Twitter.
Former and current Tennessee players, recruits, a former coach and administrator — along with national media — weighed in on the hiring of Jones with the popular social media tool.
While fans' reactions were mixed, a majority of the aforementioned parties were optimistic or supportive of the former head coach at Cincinnati.
The support started in the wee hours of the morning when word got out that Jones was expected to be named coach. Any questions raised about his ability to recruit in the Southeast were answered.
Tennessee freshman slot receiver Alton "Pig" Howard tweeted at 12:51 a.m. Friday: "He's a good coach, he was reason Cincy was in my Top 5 (college choices)."
Former Catholic High star Vic Wharton, who's now a 2014 prospect at Independence High in Thompson's Station, Tenn., backed Jones some six minutes later.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete and three-star prospect — with offers from North Carolina, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati and Ole Miss — tweeted: "Fans might not be happy if Jones gets job but recruits will."
Asiantii Woulard, the 6-4, 200-pound MVP of the Elite 11 quarterback camp, raised eyebrows with his tweet of Jones. Woulard, of Winter Park, Fla., tweeted: "I wanna see what coach Jones does with #Tennessee, great program!" He holds 10 scholarship offers from FBS schools — including Cincinnati.
National media likely pacified some worried Tennessee fans.
Sports Illustrated writer Stewart Mandel tweeted at 11:23 a.m.: "After all that, Tennessee got a guy they would have been smart to call in the first place. Butch Jones is a star. Knew he'd get big job."
ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen completely backed Jones with his tweet at 1:49 p.m. that read: "Caught flak for saying Bill O'Brien was right man for Penn St. Now I'll say this: Tennessee Vols got lucky with Butch Jones #lovethehire"
However, Fellow ESPN writer Gene Wojciechowski, at 11:05 a.m., tweeted this: "Says a top 25 coach of Butch Jones hiring at UT: 'He's in for a rude awakening.' We'll see, of course, but SEC is different kind of animal."
Veteran SEC writer Ron Higgins of the Commercial Appeal in Memphis said Jones would "surprise a lot of people."
"Best hire since (Phillip) Fulmer," Higgins tweeted.
As for Fulmer's Twitter account, it offered no congratulatory tweet — only a cryptic: "well ..... :)"
That tweet was later deleted. Fulmer's name popped up in the latter stages of the coaching search as Tennessee struck out on its first few attempts to woo a coach.
Nevertheless, ex-UT athletic director Mike Hamilton wished Jones well, and former UT star and current college football TV analyst Charles Davis offered Jones his "FULL support."
Former Vol receiver and now Knoxville radio host Jayson Swain, at 7:51 a.m., was a bit reluctant to be pro-Jones with a tweet that said, "I need to learn more about Butch Jones. Google can only do so much."
Current players bought in once Jones' press conference started at 2:30 p.m.
"For sure Coach Jones is a players coach #VFL," tweeted defensive lineman Mo Couch.
"Excited to see where Coach Jones leads this program. He's got a great group of guys in that room with a bright future. #VFL," tweeted receiver Zach Rogers.
Added receiver Jacob Carter: "Coach Jones is about to make this environment competitive amongst players. This is a good thing."