Poll: Do you believe Butch Jones is the right choice to be UT's coach?

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Butch Jones

Do you believe Butch Jones is the right choice to be UT's coach?

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Comments » 161

GloryDays writes:

I think Mr Hart "butch"ered the search. Who knows Mr Jones may turn out to be a great coach at Tennessee, let's give him a chance.

tomatosoup writes:

I'm not sure whether Coach BJ is going to be the "right" coach or not but hey, at least we've got someone alive and breathing in the position. Go Vols!

CRFVols writes:

How about an "undecided" option?

bbmon13#478091 writes:

Better be right or we'll be back here in 2-3 years doing it again. 2nd time we've had to settle for what's left.

CDRKen writes:

It does not matter what we believe. Let's get behind the guy and be positive! Go VOLS!

dyerbey#281598 writes:

I am happy we have a coach, that I can support. Some of the names we were hearing yesterday were scary. I think he has at least a chance to suceed and I will support him and I wish him the best, that being said, do i think it was the correct hire - No. As someone who works in Tallahassee let me tell you my FSU friends warned me we would not like Dave Hart, they have proven to be correct.

woodwr#217203 writes:

Seem 'em up close at Cincinnati.

Butch Jones and his staff are the real deal.

WW---UT-1980

pcorange writes:

Arkansas was down to their fifth choice as well and they ended up with a pretty good coach. So did we. CBJ has a solid record and appears to be a decent recruiter. Actually, on paper he's a better coach and recruiter than Charlie Strong. The only thing missing is SEC ties. Give him enough money to hire a solid staff, and he'll be fine.

pingkr62 writes:

I think this the best hire Tennessee could have made. Yes, better than Gruden, Gundy, and Strong. Way to go Dave Hart. G.B.O.!!!

sticknmove15 writes:

I agree that we should support the coach since he is starting from ground level and he is 0-0 at the University of Tennessee. It could work out great. I am surprised this is who Hart went after, after the Strong, Gundy, Fedora denial though. The two things that concern me are 1)Recruiting--Does he have enough ties nationally to pull top tier recruits from the big dogs? Time will tell. 2) His offense-- All of these studs that we did bring in on offense, quarterback, wide receivers, OFFENSIVE LINE, don't really matchup to what his scheme normally calls for. Because of that, it may be another slow transition to wins for Tennessee as he has to get personnel that Tennessee has never had. I wish him the best. I wish the program the best. Hopefully this will be a great hire. Go Vols.

Volchris writes:

Not right hire at all. Good Grief. Guess theres always ETSU, or MTSU.

LostALLConfidenceInHart writes:

I've loved my Vols since I was 9 and went to my first game with my dad... I only signed up for this to vent my complete and total frustration with Dave Hart. I know tons of season ticket holder in Bristol/Tricities area who will not be renewing this year. I cannot and will not support the slide into permanent mediocrity... It's the best a mediocre coach can do... we just became Mississippi State, NOT THE VOLS I KNOW! I refuse to watch this anymore... Done!

Vol_In_The_Ville writes:

in response to LostALLConfidenceInHart:

I've loved my Vols since I was 9 and went to my first game with my dad... I only signed up for this to vent my complete and total frustration with Dave Hart. I know tons of season ticket holder in Bristol/Tricities area who will not be renewing this year. I cannot and will not support the slide into permanent mediocrity... It's the best a mediocre coach can do... we just became Mississippi State, NOT THE VOLS I KNOW! I refuse to watch this anymore... Done!

BYE

BigBadVol writes:

An excellent hire! I wish the trolls would go away. I've been a vol fan since I was 9 blah blah blah. BS. The man was winning at Cinci for crying out loud. Welcome coach Jones. The Vol faithful are proud to have you as our coach.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to LostALLConfidenceInHart:

I've loved my Vols since I was 9 and went to my first game with my dad... I only signed up for this to vent my complete and total frustration with Dave Hart. I know tons of season ticket holder in Bristol/Tricities area who will not be renewing this year. I cannot and will not support the slide into permanent mediocrity... It's the best a mediocre coach can do... we just became Mississippi State, NOT THE VOLS I KNOW! I refuse to watch this anymore... Done!

Don't leave mad, just leave. Now I am happy.

OTPVol writes:

in response to LostALLConfidenceInHart:

I've loved my Vols since I was 9 and went to my first game with my dad... I only signed up for this to vent my complete and total frustration with Dave Hart. I know tons of season ticket holder in Bristol/Tricities area who will not be renewing this year. I cannot and will not support the slide into permanent mediocrity... It's the best a mediocre coach can do... we just became Mississippi State, NOT THE VOLS I KNOW! I refuse to watch this anymore... Done!

Grab your estrogen on the way out. You sound like a Georgia-Florida fan. Good riddance! Welcome Coach Jones! GBO!!!!!!

brod writes:

i just hope that he doesn't install a chuck and duck offense. ut needs to get back to a mix of pass and ground game attack.

SavTnVol writes:

in response to LostALLConfidenceInHart:

I've loved my Vols since I was 9 and went to my first game with my dad... I only signed up for this to vent my complete and total frustration with Dave Hart. I know tons of season ticket holder in Bristol/Tricities area who will not be renewing this year. I cannot and will not support the slide into permanent mediocrity... It's the best a mediocre coach can do... we just became Mississippi State, NOT THE VOLS I KNOW! I refuse to watch this anymore... Done!

Don't let the door hit ya in the arswe..A REAL Vol fan will be behind the new coach and wish for the best out of him and his recruits. I'm behind you CBJ. VFL....GBO!!!!

signalcorps writes:

in response to woodwr#217203:

Seem 'em up close at Cincinnati.

Butch Jones and his staff are the real deal.

WW---UT-1980

I think they are also,,,I like him

wilk58 writes:

in response to LostALLConfidenceInHart:

I've loved my Vols since I was 9 and went to my first game with my dad... I only signed up for this to vent my complete and total frustration with Dave Hart. I know tons of season ticket holder in Bristol/Tricities area who will not be renewing this year. I cannot and will not support the slide into permanent mediocrity... It's the best a mediocre coach can do... we just became Mississippi State, NOT THE VOLS I KNOW! I refuse to watch this anymore... Done!

Have you watched the last five years, the vols have a way to go to get to MS ST

signalcorps writes:

in response to OTPVol:

Grab your estrogen on the way out. You sound like a Georgia-Florida fan. Good riddance! Welcome Coach Jones! GBO!!!!!!

he is and they all are...GO VOLS

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

This is a great hire if your Kentucky..Hart had a chance to make a great hire;but in his arrogance and stupidity he put blinders on and made a panic hire instead of looking at all the talent ripe for the picking in the NFL..In the end you have to ask yourself can Jones out recruit Muschamp?? The answer is a big NO!!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

lmao same ole same ole posters. Same garbage as when every coach is hired. Some pretend fans. They don't like being called trolls. It hurts their feelings I suppose. However they're ok with bashing coaches.

You have to be for the coach before any games have been played. Go UT Go Vols.

pcorange writes:

in response to titletownz:

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Screw you and the Gators.

usafvol writes:

Nobody knows the answer to this question. Time will tell if he was the right hire or not but that could be said of anyone we hired whether it was Gruden, Strong or Jones. Real fans will support him until he proves to be a bad hire. Others will cry and moan because thats what they do..

signalcorps writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

This is a great hire if your Kentucky..Hart had a chance to make a great hire;but in his arrogance and stupidity he put blinders on and made a panic hire instead of looking at all the talent ripe for the picking in the NFL..In the end you have to ask yourself can Jones out recruit Muschamp?? The answer is a big NO!!

we need a coach now ,,nfl coachs can't leave until after their seasons over.........I think hart made a good hire

pcorange writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

This is a great hire if your Kentucky..Hart had a chance to make a great hire;but in his arrogance and stupidity he put blinders on and made a panic hire instead of looking at all the talent ripe for the picking in the NFL..In the end you have to ask yourself can Jones out recruit Muschamp?? The answer is a big NO!!

How do you know?

Millisa writes:

I dont know just have to see what happens. Fire Hart Pat Summitt for AD

chicknleggs writes:

in response to LostALLConfidenceInHart:

I've loved my Vols since I was 9 and went to my first game with my dad... I only signed up for this to vent my complete and total frustration with Dave Hart. I know tons of season ticket holder in Bristol/Tricities area who will not be renewing this year. I cannot and will not support the slide into permanent mediocrity... It's the best a mediocre coach can do... we just became Mississippi State, NOT THE VOLS I KNOW! I refuse to watch this anymore... Done!

See ya! Maybe you can take some of the other "legends of the miserable" with you!

pcorange writes:

in response to LostALLConfidenceInHart:

I've loved my Vols since I was 9 and went to my first game with my dad... I only signed up for this to vent my complete and total frustration with Dave Hart. I know tons of season ticket holder in Bristol/Tricities area who will not be renewing this year. I cannot and will not support the slide into permanent mediocrity... It's the best a mediocre coach can do... we just became Mississippi State, NOT THE VOLS I KNOW! I refuse to watch this anymore... Done!

Idiots like you are the reason we have trouble getting coaches to come here. We just hired a solid coach who wants to be Tennessee's coach. We're damned lucky to get him, in my opinion.

signalcorps writes:

in response to LostALLConfidenceInHart:

I've loved my Vols since I was 9 and went to my first game with my dad... I only signed up for this to vent my complete and total frustration with Dave Hart. I know tons of season ticket holder in Bristol/Tricities area who will not be renewing this year. I cannot and will not support the slide into permanent mediocrity... It's the best a mediocre coach can do... we just became Mississippi State, NOT THE VOLS I KNOW! I refuse to watch this anymore... Done!

your not a vol fan and never will be stop lying,,,what school your for I don't know don't care,,,my guess would be ex girl friend....

volcycle writes:

We were prepared to throw a bunch of money at Gruden to get him and he didn't want it. We did throw a bunch of money at Strong and he didn't want it. Coach Jones turned down two other offers because he wanted to be at Tennessee.

At this point in Tennessee football we need someone who wants to be here. How can you not support that?

P.S. - He has a winning record.... that's more than we can say of the last two coaches!

Go Vols!

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

in response to signalcorps:

we need a coach now ,,nfl coachs can't leave until after their seasons over.........I think hart made a good hire

Someone forgot to tell Petrino that!

born2ride writes:

Epic failure.

TheNumbers writes:

Not the right hire if you want a national championship. Ok hire if 9-3 is the goal. Needed a coach with championship program history as coordinator or head coach. He has never been part of a big time program as a player or coach. How does he know what it takes to build it!!!!

atnvol#283282 writes:

I am grateful that they did not hire Strong....would have been another nightmare. Here's some food for thought for all of the Strong whiners...B.Jones/Cincinnati has played Strong/Louisville the last three years and has won 2 of 3 and the one he lost this year was in OT by a field goal at Louisville. This hire could have been much worse...thankfully Strong was chickenshet to risk the big stage and after telling the Vols yes, he thought about what he was getting into and elected to play it safe....not the coach that we need for sure.

signalcorps writes:

in response to titletownz:

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pay no attention to this talk,,you should read what we say on their sights,,think Im going to go there now and ask if their coach eyes were not crossed would it help seeing the games on the field,,come on pointing one way looking another that has to be confuseing to the players,,,,just trying to help

tgiles1944#654264 writes:

in response to titletownz:

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Your bread needs to go back in the oven!
Florida's1st ever bowl appaearance 1958!
Florida's 1st SEC Championship taken away for cheating!
Florida"s starting teams under Ray Graves had their line ups made out by attorneys out of Tampa and Miami!
Florida has always had talent ;but many years could not win big!
Florida and Alabama have more than had their share of bad teams over the years.

tgiles1944#654264 writes:

in response to titletownz:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Your bread needs to go back in the oven!
Florida's1st ever bowl appaearance 1958!
Florida's 1st SEC Championship taken away for cheating!
Florida"s starting teams under Ray Graves had their line ups made out by attorneys out of Tampa and Miami!
Florida has always had talent ;but many years could not win big!
Florida and Alabama have more than had their share of bad teams over the years.

titansfan1085 writes:

The oh so great Nick Saban went 19-16-1 in his first three years at Michigan State before his breakout year the next year of 10-2.

TN fans NEED to be patient.

LostALLConfidenceInHart writes:

in response to pcorange:

Idiots like you are the reason we have trouble getting coaches to come here. We just hired a solid coach who wants to be Tennessee's coach. We're damned lucky to get him, in my opinion.

HA! Idiots like me, who are true Vol fans DO NOT WANNA SETTLE FOR SECOND OR THIRD TIER coaching and watch what we were once proud of fall to unspeakable depths... if you guys wanna be middle of the packers and drink DOOLAID and SETTLE! go for it... he is not a good hire for us! If you believe that then you probably think we have a great economy too lol

signalcorps writes:

in response to atnvol#283282:

I am grateful that they did not hire Strong....would have been another nightmare. Here's some food for thought for all of the Strong whiners...B.Jones/Cincinnati has played Strong/Louisville the last three years and has won 2 of 3 and the one he lost this year was in OT by a field goal at Louisville. This hire could have been much worse...thankfully Strong was chickenshet to risk the big stage and after telling the Vols yes, he thought about what he was getting into and elected to play it safe....not the coach that we need for sure.

strong would have been a good hire also,,,hart was looking at only good coachs

Hound_Dog69 writes:

in response to Volchris:

Not right hire at all. Good Grief. Guess theres always ETSU, or MTSU.

Don't let the door hit your back side on the way out! You would cry no matter who they hired , unless it was nick saban or some other unrealistic coaching hire. Butch Jones is a proven head coach, 2011 Big east coach of the year, has almost as many SEC wins as CDD, takes his team to bowl games, had his team finish in the top twenty five in 2011, went 9-3 this year for a share of the big east championship.

Weatherman writes:

As the great Vince Lombardi said once, "the secret of his success was that he surrounded himself with succesful people." We need to make darn sure we do this for our new coach...great assistant coaches, players, facilities, and fans! Go Vols!

holen1 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Epic failure.

Guys we do not know how this hire will turn out just like we don't know how anyone we hired would work out. No one has a crystal ball. Give him a chance & if he doesn't win we will hire someone else. do not blame him for taking the job. Everyone of us tries to get the best job we possibly can. That being said there is no doubt Hart botched this whole thing by sitting on his a__s for 2 weeks and not hiring a search firm . He tried to do it all on his own & showed that he could not handle it !

eduardo writes:

Anybody and I do mean anybody that thinks this is a good hire IS NOT A FAN OF UT!!!

signalcorps writes:

in response to TNORANGEDOGDAD:

Someone forgot to tell Petrino that!

this is America you can come and go as you please,,, he burned a lot bridges

UMREB1992 writes:

This hire smells a whole lot like the hire Michigan made when they hired Brady Hoke away from San Diego State. He was a MAC coach with a much more mediocre record at Ball State than Jones did at CMU. Then he went to San Diego State where his first team was 4-8 in the mighty Mountain West. He went 9-4 his second year and then Michigan hired him. Amazingly, that hasn't worked out very well for them....I mean they only made the Outback Bowl this year. Oh, and I don't even want to talk about the disaster that occurred at my alma mater when we hired Hugh Freeze....we are still waiting on him to mess up big time and his players to revolt when they finally figure out that everything about him is just an act.

ceheath2 writes:

Most important in this hire is who will be the coordinators. Dave Clawson did Fulmer in and Sunseri did in Dooley. Jones must hire a first class defensive coordinator. That is the glaring problem with the vols and we have to recruit better players and have a better system to get back on track. All the great teams in the conference have a strong defense.

rtrchatt writes:

in response to tgiles1944#654264:

Your bread needs to go back in the oven!
Florida's1st ever bowl appaearance 1958!
Florida's 1st SEC Championship taken away for cheating!
Florida"s starting teams under Ray Graves had their line ups made out by attorneys out of Tampa and Miami!
Florida has always had talent ;but many years could not win big!
Florida and Alabama have more than had their share of bad teams over the years.

You left out only 8 SEC Titles in almost 80 yrs of league play, and NEVER had an undefeated season. Now that is UF tradition.

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