Tennessee football's 12 months of change, transition: Behind the scenes in Butch Jones' first year

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Tennessee coach Butch Jones during the Vol Walk before the Vols faced South Carolina on Oct. 19 at Neyland Stadium.

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MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee coach Butch Jones during the Vol Walk before the Vols faced South Carolina on Oct. 19 at Neyland Stadium.

Down the hall from coach Butch Jones’ office at the Neyland Thompson Center is a large interior room where Tennessee’s future is plotted and imagined.

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Comments » 7

81volguy writes:

Nicely done story, evan. I challenge all the critics of this site, and yes, the John Adams haters, to find this kind of content anywhere else. A mature perspective by a reporter who's covered the team all year and who can provide perspective. And John Adams is not supposed to be a cheerleader for your team. This is good journalism and it will be a crime if it dies because what will replace it might very well be the commenters on this board. Merry Christmas to all, and I mean that genuinely.

Snapshot writes:

Agreed, very nice article.

Merry Christmas everyone!

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to 81volguy:

Nicely done story, evan. I challenge all the critics of this site, and yes, the John Adams haters, to find this kind of content anywhere else. A mature perspective by a reporter who's covered the team all year and who can provide perspective. And John Adams is not supposed to be a cheerleader for your team. This is good journalism and it will be a crime if it dies because what will replace it might very well be the commenters on this board. Merry Christmas to all, and I mean that genuinely.

How the Hell did you bring John Adams into this article?

Doublee writes:

John Adams wants to be a comic, and he is sorry at both.

orangeatty writes:

A very informative and well written piece, thank you Evan for this perspective on Butch Jones and the many issues he faced in taking the Tennessee position.

hdbusna72 writes:

Excellent article with lots of insight about the challenges Butch Jones found in Knoxville and how he is responding. I've never had any inside info, but the comments about Tyler Bray confirmed my previous impression of him gained only through this website. The article further supported my feeling that Tennessee now has the right kind of coach i.e. one equipped to inspire the discipline and character necessary to be a top-tier program, again. Butch Jones is entitled to our support and patience as he works to re-establish the culture of winning again at UT. There are no short-cuts to excellence.

johnlg00 writes:

Good work, Evan. Amazing explanation of the ups and downs of the last year in terms many fans can relate to. We don't have a miracle worker but we seem to have a hard worker, with all the virtues of a master craftsman. Such a one would not despise any tool, but he would go to every length to obtain his own! When Jones arrived, he had few tools and less-than-ideal materials. But he had a workshop and a plan. The next model may be better but it too will be subjected to incredible stresses in use. The question is, how soon will Jones create a true masterpiece? Frankly, I'm not sure I see a national championship at UT in Jones' future, but I will be interested in seeing what he can do.

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