Tennessee football team's morning wake-up: Baby crying, siren wailing among sound effects

Butch Jones says he wants his players to focus despite distractions

University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones talks with wide receiver Jason Croom between plays at a scrimmage at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Knoxville. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones talks with wide receiver Jason Croom between plays at a scrimmage at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Knoxville. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee coach Butch Jones promised a few random -- and annoying -- practice distractions this spring.

On Tuesday morning, he delivered.

A baby crying. A siren screeching. An airplane taking off. A car alarm wailing incessantly.

With the offense approaching the end zone, Jones signaled for the noise. It wasn’t crowd noise or heavy metal, as some teams use. But it was ear-splitting, annoying and, yes, quite distracting.

Jones seemed to enjoy watching his team contend with the unexpected.

“I like annoying noises,” he said after practice.

Given it was 9 a.m., the fraternity house across the street might not have found it so amusing.

For a full page of notes and quotes from practice, check out Evan Woodbery's blog. Check GoVolsXtra later this afternoon for more photos and video, and follow @TennesseeBeat on Twitter for instant updates.

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thevoice writes:

I like this dude. Hilarious.

gc_scvol writes:

We also operate under some pretty adverse conditions on this site. Why, you hear babies (7T, Jeffy, etc.) crying on here all the time.

gc_scvol writes:

I don't know if bUTch is the man for the job, or not. But as usual, I support the coach of OUR TENNESSEE VOLS. He sure has his own technique, and so far he has yet to disappoint with his recruting efforts. We just might have a winner here. I know one thing for sure, the trolls are worried.

vol49 writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

We also operate under some pretty adverse conditions on this site. Why, you hear babies (7T, Jeffy, etc.) crying on here all the time.

ding! ding! ding! ding! WINNER!

Snapshot writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

We also operate under some pretty adverse conditions on this site. Why, you hear babies (7T, Jeffy, etc.) crying on here all the time.

You're right. Too funny!!

oldbasshead writes:

That's all well and good just don't let Fla beat the Vols like the Vols beat Cincinnati.

VolGrad writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

We also operate under some pretty adverse conditions on this site. Why, you hear babies (7T, Jeffy, etc.) crying on here all the time.

+ ∞

LOL!

ollias#273315 writes:

.....and not word about our real weakness; the kicking game

TommyJack writes:

I like it. Especially if it bothered the frat sissys.

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

With "some" of the UT football players, waking up to a Baby Crying or being chased by the police with a Siren is a regular daily event. He needs to find something really really traumatic to wake them up with, like the sound of a prison door clanging shut and them inside the cell.

Wait.. Travis Henry just woke up in Colorado... was it a dream or was it not?

CroKev writes:

Add 'Henley Street' to the list of "7T, Jeffy,..." unless, of course, Henley is Jeffy...

AWOLVol writes:

I sure hope this guy can win games because he seems to be doing everything else right!!!
GO VOLS!!!

gc_scvol writes:

in response to CroKev:

Add 'Henley Street' to the list of "7T, Jeffy,..." unless, of course, Henley is Jeffy...

NO, hsb is in a class all his (or her) own. By the way, did you ever see the movie "Dumb and Dumber"? I rest my case.

VolzsFan writes:

I am thinking 10-2 regular season next year. This guy forgot more football than Saban will ever know.

antonio14313 writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

We also operate under some pretty adverse conditions on this site. Why, you hear babies (7T, Jeffy, etc.) crying on here all the time.

well said! go vols.

t

Shake_Bake writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

I am thinking 10-2 regular season next year. This guy forgot more football than Saban will ever know.

10-2?? Really?

I would be happy with just six or seven wins!

antonio14313 writes:

personally i think that having noises other than music works (better) in multiple ways: if you use heavy metal, or whatever genre of music that's supposed to interfere, or annoy, or interrupt practice, what would happen if one, or multiple players happen to like that particular song? it wouldn't be that much of an annoyance. ya might even find that player dancing to it, or at least bobbing his head to the beat. so, a crying baby works perfectly. and, it also serves as a form of birth control: cause, unless you have more than 4 kids of your own, the sound of a baby crying would never be comforting! in fact, a kid in college would more than likely hate to have a baby of his own while in school! lol. ;) keep up the good work boys! go vols.

t

antonio14313 writes:

rivals.com has texas at #1, texas a&m #2, florida #3, florida st #4, lsu #5, and our Vols at #6 nationally in the 2014 recruiting rankings! (mississippi at #7, arkansas #15, alabama #19, vanderbilt #21, georgia #27, auburn #32, kentucky #36, south carolina #52, mississippi st #59, missouri #59) i know it's way early, and this information has nothing to do with this article, but i'm excited about what's ahead. things on the hill are looking way up!!! good times are'a comin', fellow vols...

go vols!

t

antonio14313 writes:

in response to ollias#273315:

.....and not word about our real weakness; the kicking game

the kicking game was in another article. i believe it said that he missed a 49 yard field goal, but made a 40 yarder in an "overtime" situation. go vols.

t

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

We also operate under some pretty adverse conditions on this site. Why, you hear babies (7T, Jeffy, etc.) crying on here all the time.

G C,

That really was 100% accurate. Yep, when the team gets in the red zone, the staff needs to put some Wilted Flowers, Seven teeth, 9 is so fine as a loser etc manakins.............all in the vicinity of the end zone. With their voices and appearances, the Vols would flatten them to put them out of their misery.

Pacifiers would be lying on the turf everywhere.

VolzsFan writes:

in response to Shake_Bake:

10-2?? Really?

I would be happy with just six or seven wins!

Sarcasm....seriously. You did not know that. We are looking at about 5 wins again. Enjoy the change.

lstbodeanvol writes:

THE CRYING WAS ACTUALLY KIFFIN AFTER LOSING THE SUN BOWL TO GEORGIA TECH

voloffaith writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Sarcasm....seriously. You did not know that. We are looking at about 5 wins again. Enjoy the change.

Guess we should toss you in the salad mix with lil jeffy,kat7teeth,etc as the bluebird of happiness and encouragement! Don't get me wrong as I know that 10-2 most likely isn't in the cards.....but then neither was Louivillettes beating the Grinerettes...so play them and play hard and smart for 60 minutes and leave all on the field and.....

pingkr62 writes:

in response to Shake_Bake:

10-2?? Really?

I would be happy with just six or seven wins!

I'll take the 6 or 7 wins, but I'll really be happy with the team showing REAL improvement. G.B.O.!!!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Guess we should toss you in the salad mix with lil jeffy,kat7teeth,etc as the bluebird of happiness and encouragement! Don't get me wrong as I know that 10-2 most likely isn't in the cards.....but then neither was Louivillettes beating the Grinerettes...so play them and play hard and smart for 60 minutes and leave all on the field and.....

That only proved one dude can't fend off five women..

Snapshot writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Sarcasm....seriously. You did not know that. We are looking at about 5 wins again. Enjoy the change.

It's V-O-L-S, got it moron. There is no z in VOLS. Now go away, troll.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Sarcasm....seriously. You did not know that. We are looking at about 5 wins again. Enjoy the change.

The z in your user name tells me all I need to know about you

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