A trip home to Saugatuck

New UT coach Butch Jones forged his values in tiny Michigan resort town

photos by SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL
A group of local fans gathers at The Annex coffee shop to meet with Butch Jones during a public appearance. “There’s a polite humbleness to him, but don’t let it ever fool you,” friend Tom Arnold said of Jones. “He’s extremely competitive and he’ll win. He’ll find a way to beat you.”

Photo by Saul Young, Knoxville News Sentinel

photos by SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL A group of local fans gathers at The Annex coffee shop to meet with Butch Jones during a public appearance. “There’s a polite humbleness to him, but don’t let it ever fool you,” friend Tom Arnold said of Jones. “He’s extremely competitive and he’ll win. He’ll find a way to beat you.”

On this warm, clear July day on the shores of Lake Michigan, Butch Jones is strolling with his dog up Main Street. He walks down tree-lined residential streets and passes sun-dappled lawns and homes that span family generations. He crosses Elizabeth Street and turns south toward his old high school. Jones is retracing the path that he’s made countless times. But today he’s not racing to beat the school bell or lugging a helmet for football practice. This is his vacation, and he’s back home.

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Comments » 7

UTbassdrummer writes:

This guy in the red white and blue shirt is killing me.

BeRealistic writes:

meanwhile, back in Knoxville, TN.

UTKin1992 writes:

Great backstory KNS! Thanks.

whoyagonnacall writes:

I have a feeling that if the alumni and university and the fans will just be patient, this guy will turn the tennessee football program around.
But he can't fix in one season what Hamilton, Kiffin and Dooley spent 5 or 6 seasons f'n up.

Raincrow writes:

The hagiography may be a bit premature. But, dang! This is better than "A Death in the Family!"

utclassof67 writes:

Evan,

Excellent journalism. You'll win an award for this one!

voyagerdjc248#254895 writes:

Likeable man, great work ethic and lovely family. Enjoyed the article, almost makes me want to visit Saugatuck.
Good Luck Coach! Welcome to Tennessee.

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