Butch Jones in Nashville tells fans 'I pray every day I’m going to be here forever'

A photo taken using Instagram of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones in Memphis. (Evan Woodbery/News Sentinel)

A photo taken using Instagram of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones in Memphis. (Evan Woodbery/News Sentinel)

NASHVILLE - First-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones told a crowd of boosters here at the downtown Hilton that he planned to stay will the Vols as long as UT would have him.

“I pray every day I’m going to be here forever,” Jones said. “You guys may get tired of me in about 30 years.”

Jones and his nine assistant coaches started the day in Memphis, moved on to Nashville for a luncheon and will finish the day at Neyland Stadium this evening. All events are sold out.

His message to fans in Nashville was much the same it was in West Tennessee: “We’re going to own this state. Keep spreading that orange pride loud and proud in Nashville.”

Every assistant spent time on the stage and talked about their recruits as highlight reels played in the background.

The coaches also talked about their family and personal background, including the challenges of the last two months.

“Coach Jones was hired on a Friday and on a Sunday we got on a plane and moved to Knoxville,” said offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian.

Receivers coach Zach Azzanni, who coached at Wisconsin in 2012, said he flew home to snow-filled Madison after the Badgers lost the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. He tucked in his young daughters and headed to Knoxville the next morning.

“That’s the last time I’ve seen them,” said Azzanni, drawing sympathetic ahhs from the crowd.

Jones, who plans to visit his wife and kids in Cincinnati later this week, said he hopes his family is able to move down to Knoxville this spring.

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BigBadVol writes:

Coach I hope you and your staff have great success at TN. I hope you get to retire here as well. Thank you so much for the love you have shown UT. I love my university and I am proud to have you as our coach. VFL!

kevin151 writes:

Or until a better job opens up....

JonGrudensAgent writes:

Jones seems to be a nice guy and I hope he can sustain enough success to be here 30 years.

This program needs stability and winning in the worst way.

Yesterday was a real kick in the teeth though.

jamgod writes:

I don't think most of you understand what this coaching staff accomplished in a month's time...just one month...and getting a top 20 class. Remarkable especially with the last four or five year history here at Tenn. A full year under their belts and people are gonna be amazed at what this staff can do recruiting wise. Still, the biggest thing this next football season is to win some upset games and show the recruits Tenn is on the right path. Would love to see Florida, Geaorgia, SC, and Bama go down somehow and don't give me that phooey about it can't happen. I think Tenn though talented, got rid of some me first jerks wearing the O&W and I think next years team is gona be much better. Predicting 8 wins right now...bank it!

jamgod writes:

in response to kevin151:

Or until a better job opens up....

Always one in the crowd!

jamgod writes:

in response to JonGrudensAgent:

Jones seems to be a nice guy and I hope he can sustain enough success to be here 30 years.

This program needs stability and winning in the worst way.

Yesterday was a real kick in the teeth though.

I don't think so, these guys can play in the SEC. They want to be here and I thought it was a good signing class...Bell was a kik in the teeth perhaps but he didn't want to be here and his parents apparently didn't want him to come here so forgetem'. All-in-all for the time they had, not a bad class at all.

NashvillePreds writes:

Coach,
Glad you could stop by Nashville.
You should stick around and let the Preds introduce you at the game tonight.
That would be sweet.

Go Vols

PureOrange writes:

Believe they have done a great job. Love the way they work.

Hope he is here for long, long time. Think we are looking at a coach who will make us very proud.

etu_vol_fan writes:

If he can coach them up and get a couple of surprise wins this year then we can have a Hugh Freeze type recruiting class his 2nd year.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

in response to jamgod:

Always one in the crowd!

kevin is probably from Kentucky and was referring to the hiring of Calapari.He's more than likely sitting in a bar in Lexington waiting for the shoe to drop when Calapari bolts for more money, or has UK facing probation.

edee writes:

We'll just have to wait and see............Talk is cheap...

jimr07 writes:

in response to edee:

We'll just have to wait and see............Talk is cheap...

You should know

OTPVol writes:

in response to jamgod:

I don't think so, these guys can play in the SEC. They want to be here and I thought it was a good signing class...Bell was a kik in the teeth perhaps but he didn't want to be here and his parents apparently didn't want him to come here so forgetem'. All-in-all for the time they had, not a bad class at all.

Bell is taking a risk going to OS. With the mess Meyer left in Florida, what's he going to do on his hometown playground? I wish all the young men who signed anywhere, everywhere yesterday all the best. Football is a game, their education is forever.

OTPVol writes:

And Coach Jones, I hope you're with us for a long time too. GBO!!!!!!!

volcycle writes:

....half bear, the other half cat....

O, Rocky Top you'll always be home sweet home to me....
Good ole' Rocky Top, Rocky Top Tennessee!!!

Wish I still lived there...

orangecountyvols writes:

Very nice comments guys. Positive..........
these are the fans Tennessee can use more of.

Go Vols !

claiborneh writes:

Sounds like Butch needs to catch up on sleep and consumed too many Red Bulls and St John's Wort.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

Jones’ "best staff in the USA" University of Cincinnati coaches did not do well recruiting in the big-time.

The SEC-level coaches hired by Jones recruited okay, but were working with team-members easy for competitive recruiters to target as not Big Time.

For instance: Bell and his world knew about Urban Meyer, another guy from Ohio.

Fact: Jones says things publicly that are not accurate: He calls this class "selective.” His SEC-experienced coaches are more forthcoming: "ran out of time," "improved…with H.S. coaches," etc.

Fact: Jones claimed he could win the SEC with State of Tennessee players; was publicly corrected by Phillip Fulmer, who said UT must recruit nationally.

Fact: Jones missed on most of the best talent in Tennessee, as evidenced by the following Rivals chart:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecru...

Some of UT’s 21 scholarships went to East Tennessee H.S. players, iffy as SEC caliber. Same elsewhere for Jones, too, including a 2-star from a J.C. In Junior Colleges, UT finished by taking players that many of the better programs in the country had picked over. Did UT coaches EVER do that before?

Fact: Essentially this class averages 2.5 stars.

Fact: Bama, SC, GA, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, A&M, & others in the SEC finished higher---MUCH higher.

Fact: Some of the UT signees were only offered by schools as fill-ins, in conferences that are nowhere near UT's level Clearly finishing with recruits whose rankings were fudged upward is not encouraging. This class is behind many schools from other conferences, too.

Final Fact: UT’s is one of the 10 largest football budgets in the country. The UT Athletics department spends a BILLION DOLLARS A DECADE. The governor says it must fill the stadium for the numbers to work. Dooley's last few games had 70,000 in the 100,000+ capacity Neyland Stadium. The official line is “only had 31-days. ” But if the ex-Cincinnati staffers had been able to recruit nationally, they would have brought in a recruit or two that was more than 2-stars, re-ranked to 3. Can you tell yourself just how those 35,000+ seats are going to be filled by what has happened in the past 31 days.

Clearly there is LONG, LONG way from the lead up to the National Championship of the Majors/Fulmer years & what Jones says is a "selective" class was recruited.

In fact, he previously said he could win the SEC with in-state players, & then lost the in-state recruiting battles in a big way to multiple SEC schools and UCLA and Minnesota and even MTSU.

Jones & part of his staff have many concerned. Apparently these young journalists are not among them.

Thanks Hart. Thanks Hamilton. Thanks Cheek. Thanks President of the Week.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Jones’ "best staff in the USA" University of Cincinnati coaches did not do well recruiting in the big-time.

The SEC-level coaches hired by Jones recruited okay, but were working with team-members easy for competitive recruiters to target as not Big Time.

For instance: Bell and his world knew about Urban Meyer, another guy from Ohio.

Fact: Jones says things publicly that are not accurate: He calls this class "selective.” His SEC-experienced coaches are more forthcoming: "ran out of time," "improved…with H.S. coaches," etc.

Fact: Jones claimed he could win the SEC with State of Tennessee players; was publicly corrected by Phillip Fulmer, who said UT must recruit nationally.

Fact: Jones missed on most of the best talent in Tennessee, as evidenced by the following Rivals chart:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecru...

Some of UT’s 21 scholarships went to East Tennessee H.S. players, iffy as SEC caliber. Same elsewhere for Jones, too, including a 2-star from a J.C. In Junior Colleges, UT finished by taking players that many of the better programs in the country had picked over. Did UT coaches EVER do that before?

Fact: Essentially this class averages 2.5 stars.

Fact: Bama, SC, GA, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, A&M, & others in the SEC finished higher---MUCH higher.

Fact: Some of the UT signees were only offered by schools as fill-ins, in conferences that are nowhere near UT's level Clearly finishing with recruits whose rankings were fudged upward is not encouraging. This class is behind many schools from other conferences, too.

Final Fact: UT’s is one of the 10 largest football budgets in the country. The UT Athletics department spends a BILLION DOLLARS A DECADE. The governor says it must fill the stadium for the numbers to work. Dooley's last few games had 70,000 in the 100,000+ capacity Neyland Stadium. The official line is “only had 31-days. ” But if the ex-Cincinnati staffers had been able to recruit nationally, they would have brought in a recruit or two that was more than 2-stars, re-ranked to 3. Can you tell yourself just how those 35,000+ seats are going to be filled by what has happened in the past 31 days.

Clearly there is LONG, LONG way from the lead up to the National Championship of the Majors/Fulmer years & what Jones says is a "selective" class was recruited.

In fact, he previously said he could win the SEC with in-state players, & then lost the in-state recruiting battles in a big way to multiple SEC schools and UCLA and Minnesota and even MTSU.

Jones & part of his staff have many concerned. Apparently these young journalists are not among them.

Thanks Hart. Thanks Hamilton. Thanks Cheek. Thanks President of the Week.

On behalf of Dave hart: You're welcome, AH!

Orange_Beach writes:

Now that just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. What else is this guy going to say? I bet once he figures out the mess he's gotten himself into he takes the first ticket out of town.

Mboroalum writes:

Coach,
While you're prayin' would you mind saying a word or two for CBP.

rtrchatt writes:

This guy knows how to lay it on thick for the masses lol. We will see what you think when the UT losing streak to Alabama reaches double digits.

KVCrockett writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Jones’ "best staff in the USA" University of Cincinnati coaches did not do well recruiting in the big-time.

The SEC-level coaches hired by Jones recruited okay, but were working with team-members easy for competitive recruiters to target as not Big Time.

For instance: Bell and his world knew about Urban Meyer, another guy from Ohio.

Fact: Jones says things publicly that are not accurate: He calls this class "selective.” His SEC-experienced coaches are more forthcoming: "ran out of time," "improved…with H.S. coaches," etc.

Fact: Jones claimed he could win the SEC with State of Tennessee players; was publicly corrected by Phillip Fulmer, who said UT must recruit nationally.

Fact: Jones missed on most of the best talent in Tennessee, as evidenced by the following Rivals chart:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecru...

Some of UT’s 21 scholarships went to East Tennessee H.S. players, iffy as SEC caliber. Same elsewhere for Jones, too, including a 2-star from a J.C. In Junior Colleges, UT finished by taking players that many of the better programs in the country had picked over. Did UT coaches EVER do that before?

Fact: Essentially this class averages 2.5 stars.

Fact: Bama, SC, GA, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, A&M, & others in the SEC finished higher---MUCH higher.

Fact: Some of the UT signees were only offered by schools as fill-ins, in conferences that are nowhere near UT's level Clearly finishing with recruits whose rankings were fudged upward is not encouraging. This class is behind many schools from other conferences, too.

Final Fact: UT’s is one of the 10 largest football budgets in the country. The UT Athletics department spends a BILLION DOLLARS A DECADE. The governor says it must fill the stadium for the numbers to work. Dooley's last few games had 70,000 in the 100,000+ capacity Neyland Stadium. The official line is “only had 31-days. ” But if the ex-Cincinnati staffers had been able to recruit nationally, they would have brought in a recruit or two that was more than 2-stars, re-ranked to 3. Can you tell yourself just how those 35,000+ seats are going to be filled by what has happened in the past 31 days.

Clearly there is LONG, LONG way from the lead up to the National Championship of the Majors/Fulmer years & what Jones says is a "selective" class was recruited.

In fact, he previously said he could win the SEC with in-state players, & then lost the in-state recruiting battles in a big way to multiple SEC schools and UCLA and Minnesota and even MTSU.

Jones & part of his staff have many concerned. Apparently these young journalists are not among them.

Thanks Hart. Thanks Hamilton. Thanks Cheek. Thanks President of the Week.

FACT,I DIDN'T KNOW FICTION WAS ALLOWED ON THIS SITE. FACT 2 YOU HAVE NO FACTS. LIKE DRAGNET, JUST THE FACTS PLEASE.

jt45 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Jones’ "best staff in the USA" University of Cincinnati coaches did not do well recruiting in the big-time.

The SEC-level coaches hired by Jones recruited okay, but were working with team-members easy for competitive recruiters to target as not Big Time.

For instance: Bell and his world knew about Urban Meyer, another guy from Ohio.

Fact: Jones says things publicly that are not accurate: He calls this class "selective.” His SEC-experienced coaches are more forthcoming: "ran out of time," "improved…with H.S. coaches," etc.

Fact: Jones claimed he could win the SEC with State of Tennessee players; was publicly corrected by Phillip Fulmer, who said UT must recruit nationally.

Fact: Jones missed on most of the best talent in Tennessee, as evidenced by the following Rivals chart:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecru...

Some of UT’s 21 scholarships went to East Tennessee H.S. players, iffy as SEC caliber. Same elsewhere for Jones, too, including a 2-star from a J.C. In Junior Colleges, UT finished by taking players that many of the better programs in the country had picked over. Did UT coaches EVER do that before?

Fact: Essentially this class averages 2.5 stars.

Fact: Bama, SC, GA, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, A&M, & others in the SEC finished higher---MUCH higher.

Fact: Some of the UT signees were only offered by schools as fill-ins, in conferences that are nowhere near UT's level Clearly finishing with recruits whose rankings were fudged upward is not encouraging. This class is behind many schools from other conferences, too.

Final Fact: UT’s is one of the 10 largest football budgets in the country. The UT Athletics department spends a BILLION DOLLARS A DECADE. The governor says it must fill the stadium for the numbers to work. Dooley's last few games had 70,000 in the 100,000+ capacity Neyland Stadium. The official line is “only had 31-days. ” But if the ex-Cincinnati staffers had been able to recruit nationally, they would have brought in a recruit or two that was more than 2-stars, re-ranked to 3. Can you tell yourself just how those 35,000+ seats are going to be filled by what has happened in the past 31 days.

Clearly there is LONG, LONG way from the lead up to the National Championship of the Majors/Fulmer years & what Jones says is a "selective" class was recruited.

In fact, he previously said he could win the SEC with in-state players, & then lost the in-state recruiting battles in a big way to multiple SEC schools and UCLA and Minnesota and even MTSU.

Jones & part of his staff have many concerned. Apparently these young journalists are not among them.

Thanks Hart. Thanks Hamilton. Thanks Cheek. Thanks President of the Week.

Fact: Most of your facts are inaccurate.
Fact: You are not a Vol fan.
Fact: Neither Hart nor Cheek will ever care what delusional garbage you try to spread on these forums.
Fact: The only folks who agree with you are the ones in your head who use your other usernames to reply.
Fact: Nothing you write will ever change an opinion.
Fact: You should try to get over your obsession with Hart and Cheek.

10SE writes:

I like Coach Jones!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Very nice comments guys. Positive..........
these are the fans Tennessee can use more of.

Go Vols !

Agreed! I think what CBJ accomplished by assembling this class shows everyone in the SEC that CBJ is someone they will have to compete with in regards of recruiting. There's no one who can out work him. G.B.O.!!!

clinton_vol writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Jones’ "best staff in the USA" University of Cincinnati coaches did not do well recruiting in the big-time.

The SEC-level coaches hired by Jones recruited okay, but were working with team-members easy for competitive recruiters to target as not Big Time.

For instance: Bell and his world knew about Urban Meyer, another guy from Ohio.

Fact: Jones says things publicly that are not accurate: He calls this class "selective.” His SEC-experienced coaches are more forthcoming: "ran out of time," "improved…with H.S. coaches," etc.

Fact: Jones claimed he could win the SEC with State of Tennessee players; was publicly corrected by Phillip Fulmer, who said UT must recruit nationally.

Fact: Jones missed on most of the best talent in Tennessee, as evidenced by the following Rivals chart:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecru...

Some of UT’s 21 scholarships went to East Tennessee H.S. players, iffy as SEC caliber. Same elsewhere for Jones, too, including a 2-star from a J.C. In Junior Colleges, UT finished by taking players that many of the better programs in the country had picked over. Did UT coaches EVER do that before?

Fact: Essentially this class averages 2.5 stars.

Fact: Bama, SC, GA, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, A&M, & others in the SEC finished higher---MUCH higher.

Fact: Some of the UT signees were only offered by schools as fill-ins, in conferences that are nowhere near UT's level Clearly finishing with recruits whose rankings were fudged upward is not encouraging. This class is behind many schools from other conferences, too.

Final Fact: UT’s is one of the 10 largest football budgets in the country. The UT Athletics department spends a BILLION DOLLARS A DECADE. The governor says it must fill the stadium for the numbers to work. Dooley's last few games had 70,000 in the 100,000+ capacity Neyland Stadium. The official line is “only had 31-days. ” But if the ex-Cincinnati staffers had been able to recruit nationally, they would have brought in a recruit or two that was more than 2-stars, re-ranked to 3. Can you tell yourself just how those 35,000+ seats are going to be filled by what has happened in the past 31 days.

Clearly there is LONG, LONG way from the lead up to the National Championship of the Majors/Fulmer years & what Jones says is a "selective" class was recruited.

In fact, he previously said he could win the SEC with in-state players, & then lost the in-state recruiting battles in a big way to multiple SEC schools and UCLA and Minnesota and even MTSU.

Jones & part of his staff have many concerned. Apparently these young journalists are not among them.

Thanks Hart. Thanks Hamilton. Thanks Cheek. Thanks President of the Week.

The fact is, you have no facts.... As usual. Everybody seems to forget that the "Great" Nick Saban came from Mich. st. And the "infallible" Urban Myers came from the mighty Bowling Green before they landed in the SEC. Saban only won 2 games his first year at St and was not an instant success. I think most will agree both those guys have proved to be "decent" coaches in the SEC. How is that different from coming from Cinci. Give they guy a chance for cryin' out loud....

pingkr62 writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

This guy knows how to lay it on thick for the masses lol. We will see what you think when the UT losing streak to Alabama reaches double digits.

So what, it's been there before. Einstein.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Jones’ "best staff in the USA" University of Cincinnati coaches did not do well recruiting in the big-time.

The SEC-level coaches hired by Jones recruited okay, but were working with team-members easy for competitive recruiters to target as not Big Time.

For instance: Bell and his world knew about Urban Meyer, another guy from Ohio.

Fact: Jones says things publicly that are not accurate: He calls this class "selective.” His SEC-experienced coaches are more forthcoming: "ran out of time," "improved…with H.S. coaches," etc.

Fact: Jones claimed he could win the SEC with State of Tennessee players; was publicly corrected by Phillip Fulmer, who said UT must recruit nationally.

Fact: Jones missed on most of the best talent in Tennessee, as evidenced by the following Rivals chart:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecru...

Some of UT’s 21 scholarships went to East Tennessee H.S. players, iffy as SEC caliber. Same elsewhere for Jones, too, including a 2-star from a J.C. In Junior Colleges, UT finished by taking players that many of the better programs in the country had picked over. Did UT coaches EVER do that before?

Fact: Essentially this class averages 2.5 stars.

Fact: Bama, SC, GA, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, A&M, & others in the SEC finished higher---MUCH higher.

Fact: Some of the UT signees were only offered by schools as fill-ins, in conferences that are nowhere near UT's level Clearly finishing with recruits whose rankings were fudged upward is not encouraging. This class is behind many schools from other conferences, too.

Final Fact: UT’s is one of the 10 largest football budgets in the country. The UT Athletics department spends a BILLION DOLLARS A DECADE. The governor says it must fill the stadium for the numbers to work. Dooley's last few games had 70,000 in the 100,000+ capacity Neyland Stadium. The official line is “only had 31-days. ” But if the ex-Cincinnati staffers had been able to recruit nationally, they would have brought in a recruit or two that was more than 2-stars, re-ranked to 3. Can you tell yourself just how those 35,000+ seats are going to be filled by what has happened in the past 31 days.

Clearly there is LONG, LONG way from the lead up to the National Championship of the Majors/Fulmer years & what Jones says is a "selective" class was recruited.

In fact, he previously said he could win the SEC with in-state players, & then lost the in-state recruiting battles in a big way to multiple SEC schools and UCLA and Minnesota and even MTSU.

Jones & part of his staff have many concerned. Apparently these young journalists are not among them.

Thanks Hart. Thanks Hamilton. Thanks Cheek. Thanks President of the Week.

Look Slick, just because your wife won't let you talk at home is no reason for you to take out your frustrations by ranting at us.
Good grief, Charlie Brown.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

This guy knows how to lay it on thick for the masses lol. We will see what you think when the UT losing streak to Alabama reaches double digits.

If it reaches double digits someone will have to count them for the bama fans.

Rugby2 writes:

in response to lemme_axya_this:

If it reaches double digits someone will have to count them for the bama fans.

Now that's funny right there.

Give Blood, Play Rugby

exlineman writes:

Brett Roberts with some of his many screen names is back with us and he forgot to thank Fulmer for the mess that he created. He will get on here soon with georgefobile, billy bob from college grove, 45 revolver, can''t stand saban, and others too many to mention. He is a hardcore commode peabody fan trying to hurt Coach Jones's recruiting. He has to stay in line or his little girl friend Amy won't let him drive her 2009 gold corvette. He just got a break from waiting tables in the bar and had to put his 2 cents in the post.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

If only the top recruiting classes (as ranked by opinions of avg joes-most of whom have never seen a jockstrap- who compare players from different states which aren't on the same playing levels) correlated to wins- Texas would have won at least 5 national championships in the 10 years and the Stanfords and Nebraskas wouldn't have won 3 games a year.

exlineman writes:

in response to ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER:

If only the top recruiting classes (as ranked by opinions of avg joes-most of whom have never seen a jockstrap- who compare players from different states which aren't on the same playing levels) correlated to wins- Texas would have won at least 5 national championships in the 10 years and the Stanfords and Nebraskas wouldn't have won 3 games a year.

excellent post ultimatevolunteer, Your explanation may be too complex for these idot trolls to understand, as they have stars in their sleep.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Please. Everyone forget the past. Let it go. Get on board or go away. Neyland isn't coming back. Nor is Dickey or Fulmer or Manning,

I like the effort of CBJ and staff. We got in front of kids and grabbed their attention, where we had no chance. We actually got the best QB signing class in the country.

There.

PUL4VOLS writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Jones’ "best staff in the USA" University of Cincinnati coaches did not do well recruiting in the big-time.

The SEC-level coaches hired by Jones recruited okay, but were working with team-members easy for competitive recruiters to target as not Big Time.

For instance: Bell and his world knew about Urban Meyer, another guy from Ohio.

Fact: Jones says things publicly that are not accurate: He calls this class "selective.” His SEC-experienced coaches are more forthcoming: "ran out of time," "improved…with H.S. coaches," etc.

Fact: Jones claimed he could win the SEC with State of Tennessee players; was publicly corrected by Phillip Fulmer, who said UT must recruit nationally.

Fact: Jones missed on most of the best talent in Tennessee, as evidenced by the following Rivals chart:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecru...

Some of UT’s 21 scholarships went to East Tennessee H.S. players, iffy as SEC caliber. Same elsewhere for Jones, too, including a 2-star from a J.C. In Junior Colleges, UT finished by taking players that many of the better programs in the country had picked over. Did UT coaches EVER do that before?

Fact: Essentially this class averages 2.5 stars.

Fact: Bama, SC, GA, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, A&M, & others in the SEC finished higher---MUCH higher.

Fact: Some of the UT signees were only offered by schools as fill-ins, in conferences that are nowhere near UT's level Clearly finishing with recruits whose rankings were fudged upward is not encouraging. This class is behind many schools from other conferences, too.

Final Fact: UT’s is one of the 10 largest football budgets in the country. The UT Athletics department spends a BILLION DOLLARS A DECADE. The governor says it must fill the stadium for the numbers to work. Dooley's last few games had 70,000 in the 100,000+ capacity Neyland Stadium. The official line is “only had 31-days. ” But if the ex-Cincinnati staffers had been able to recruit nationally, they would have brought in a recruit or two that was more than 2-stars, re-ranked to 3. Can you tell yourself just how those 35,000+ seats are going to be filled by what has happened in the past 31 days.

Clearly there is LONG, LONG way from the lead up to the National Championship of the Majors/Fulmer years & what Jones says is a "selective" class was recruited.

In fact, he previously said he could win the SEC with in-state players, & then lost the in-state recruiting battles in a big way to multiple SEC schools and UCLA and Minnesota and even MTSU.

Jones & part of his staff have many concerned. Apparently these young journalists are not among them.

Thanks Hart. Thanks Hamilton. Thanks Cheek. Thanks President of the Week.

Thanks for showing how pathetic it is when someone who makes a post like that even pretends to be a Volunteer fan.

rb4346 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Jones’ "best staff in the USA" University of Cincinnati coaches did not do well recruiting in the big-time.

The SEC-level coaches hired by Jones recruited okay, but were working with team-members easy for competitive recruiters to target as not Big Time.

For instance: Bell and his world knew about Urban Meyer, another guy from Ohio.

Fact: Jones says things publicly that are not accurate: He calls this class "selective.” His SEC-experienced coaches are more forthcoming: "ran out of time," "improved…with H.S. coaches," etc.

Fact: Jones claimed he could win the SEC with State of Tennessee players; was publicly corrected by Phillip Fulmer, who said UT must recruit nationally.

Fact: Jones missed on most of the best talent in Tennessee, as evidenced by the following Rivals chart:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecru...

Some of UT’s 21 scholarships went to East Tennessee H.S. players, iffy as SEC caliber. Same elsewhere for Jones, too, including a 2-star from a J.C. In Junior Colleges, UT finished by taking players that many of the better programs in the country had picked over. Did UT coaches EVER do that before?

Fact: Essentially this class averages 2.5 stars.

Fact: Bama, SC, GA, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, A&M, & others in the SEC finished higher---MUCH higher.

Fact: Some of the UT signees were only offered by schools as fill-ins, in conferences that are nowhere near UT's level Clearly finishing with recruits whose rankings were fudged upward is not encouraging. This class is behind many schools from other conferences, too.

Final Fact: UT’s is one of the 10 largest football budgets in the country. The UT Athletics department spends a BILLION DOLLARS A DECADE. The governor says it must fill the stadium for the numbers to work. Dooley's last few games had 70,000 in the 100,000+ capacity Neyland Stadium. The official line is “only had 31-days. ” But if the ex-Cincinnati staffers had been able to recruit nationally, they would have brought in a recruit or two that was more than 2-stars, re-ranked to 3. Can you tell yourself just how those 35,000+ seats are going to be filled by what has happened in the past 31 days.

Clearly there is LONG, LONG way from the lead up to the National Championship of the Majors/Fulmer years & what Jones says is a "selective" class was recruited.

In fact, he previously said he could win the SEC with in-state players, & then lost the in-state recruiting battles in a big way to multiple SEC schools and UCLA and Minnesota and even MTSU.

Jones & part of his staff have many concerned. Apparently these young journalists are not among them.

Thanks Hart. Thanks Hamilton. Thanks Cheek. Thanks President of the Week.

This staff had 31 days to put this class together and I think a true VOL fan would understand that they did a very good job. Lets give the staff a year or two and see how the recruiting and records turn out. I think you are going to be very happy if you are a true VOL fan. GBO!!!

rb4346 writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

This guy knows how to lay it on thick for the masses lol. We will see what you think when the UT losing streak to Alabama reaches double digits.

Gonna be interesting to see what you think when the streak ends "DUMMY".

rb4346 writes:

in response to MooseandSquirrelVol:

Look Slick, just because your wife won't let you talk at home is no reason for you to take out your frustrations by ranting at us.
Good grief, Charlie Brown.

Great post and so true.

GloryDays writes:

I hope Coach Jones is sincere. I am 100% in favor of coach Jones and this staff. Under the circumstances, having 30 until signing day to get this done, I think this staff did an excellent job.
It is disappointing not to get Bell or Lawson or some other four or five star players. Its concerns me we finish 11th out of 14 teams in the SEC. The Vols got 6 players out of Rivals top 25 players in the state of Tennessee.
Turning this thing around want be easy, I think Butch Jones is up for the challenge. It will require a lot of work. Hope all of the Vol fan will get on board and be patient. I think Coach Jones will have a top 10 class next year. Go Big Orange!

Theo writes:

in response to lemme_axya_this:

If it reaches double digits someone will have to count them for the bama fans.

And we have a winner!

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

This guy knows how to lay it on thick for the masses lol. We will see what you think when the UT losing streak to Alabama reaches double digits.

Your paranoia ensures your demise.

Sir_Spanky writes:

“I pray every day I’m going to be here forever,” Jones said. “You guys may get tired of me in about 30 years.”

Hope he means it. It's refreshing. Especially after the University Of Tennessee was taken advantage of by Derek Dooley, courtesy of Jimmy Cheek and Mike Hamilton.

VolVox writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Jones’ "best staff in the USA" University of Cincinnati coaches did not do well recruiting in the big-time.

The SEC-level coaches hired by Jones recruited okay, but were working with team-members easy for competitive recruiters to target as not Big Time.

For instance: Bell and his world knew about Urban Meyer, another guy from Ohio.

Fact: Jones says things publicly that are not accurate: He calls this class "selective.” His SEC-experienced coaches are more forthcoming: "ran out of time," "improved…with H.S. coaches," etc.

Fact: Jones claimed he could win the SEC with State of Tennessee players; was publicly corrected by Phillip Fulmer, who said UT must recruit nationally.

Fact: Jones missed on most of the best talent in Tennessee, as evidenced by the following Rivals chart:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecru...

Some of UT’s 21 scholarships went to East Tennessee H.S. players, iffy as SEC caliber. Same elsewhere for Jones, too, including a 2-star from a J.C. In Junior Colleges, UT finished by taking players that many of the better programs in the country had picked over. Did UT coaches EVER do that before?

Fact: Essentially this class averages 2.5 stars.

Fact: Bama, SC, GA, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, A&M, & others in the SEC finished higher---MUCH higher.

Fact: Some of the UT signees were only offered by schools as fill-ins, in conferences that are nowhere near UT's level Clearly finishing with recruits whose rankings were fudged upward is not encouraging. This class is behind many schools from other conferences, too.

Final Fact: UT’s is one of the 10 largest football budgets in the country. The UT Athletics department spends a BILLION DOLLARS A DECADE. The governor says it must fill the stadium for the numbers to work. Dooley's last few games had 70,000 in the 100,000+ capacity Neyland Stadium. The official line is “only had 31-days. ” But if the ex-Cincinnati staffers had been able to recruit nationally, they would have brought in a recruit or two that was more than 2-stars, re-ranked to 3. Can you tell yourself just how those 35,000+ seats are going to be filled by what has happened in the past 31 days.

Clearly there is LONG, LONG way from the lead up to the National Championship of the Majors/Fulmer years & what Jones says is a "selective" class was recruited.

In fact, he previously said he could win the SEC with in-state players, & then lost the in-state recruiting battles in a big way to multiple SEC schools and UCLA and Minnesota and even MTSU.

Jones & part of his staff have many concerned. Apparently these young journalists are not among them.

Thanks Hart. Thanks Hamilton. Thanks Cheek. Thanks President of the Week.

I don't know how Butch Jones will do ultimately. He is a hard worker. He also said he viewed UC as a destination job while looking for other jobs, although in his defense he found significant impediments to upgrading the facilities there.

Raking him over the coals for this class, though, is clearly wrong on multiple levels. Let's start with the use of the word "selective." He was selective. He backed off Bellamy after the picture with the bong. He says the first thing he checks on a prospect is the prospect's high school attendance records. He looks for stable individuals with family support. After the number of wash-outs we've had over the last 5 years for non-football reasons, you'd think people would not have to be reminded of the importance of this. The three guys who flipped to us on NSD look like serious-minded, stable guys, led by Dobbs. An athletic QB with a 4.0 GPA who wants to be an aerospace engineer? Trent Dilfer said we have the best QB class in the nation (Ferguson looks good, too). I think we were selective on that level.

Then, we didn't take just anybody. We have a 3* walking on. We left empty slots. Some of the late guys that look like fill-ins are better than some think. Jabo Lee wasn't just a space-filler; he was 1st offered by UT in 2011. If he hadn't been injured in 2012, he likely would have been recruited a lot more heavily. So, make fun of his 3* status all you want, but he certainly seems to have been worth signing.

As for the in-state stuff, have you not heard the scathing comments from high school coaches all across the region talking about how Dooley's regime soured them on UT? That isn't something you can fix in 30 days. Butch Jones is having to re-build an infrastructure within the state. That sort of thing seems to be his strong suit, so I have little doubt he'll get that done. It'll just take a little time.

As for the coaching staff, I had some misgivings about letting some good guys go, and I had some misgivings about bringing in his old staff en masse. Still, there will be advantages to that we haven't seen yet. The coaches mostly know each other and the schemes. They know the kinds of players that fit those schemes. No doubt, they still have to prove themselves at this level, but it isn't like there was absolutely no good reason for hiring them. Having everyone pull on the oars the right way often is better than having a collection of so-called all-stars. We'll see.

In any event, this was a solid class. I liked the guys we got; I just wish we could have gotten more of them.

HuntsvilleVol writes:

The police officer to the right looks like he could be Coach Jones brother.

ewhite#207432 writes:

I like what I have seen from BJ so far. I like his determination to own the state in recruiting. He has to back up the talk with the recruits. It starts by beating out vanderbilt! Good luck on staying 30 years! Coach Fulmer was a native Tennessean who won a national championship and did not make it close to 30 years.

swampbuggy writes:

The solution to staying at UT is simple Coach.

WIN

If you don't it'll be sayonara.

I believe UT fans will give him two, maybe three, years to prove himself. He's in a deep hole that was started by that oh so loveable Lane Kiffin.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

This was actually a very solid class.

It filled several of our serious NEEDS on the roster.

There were 3 "surprise" signees and I was happy to see that 2 of them were D linemen with 1 probably a DT and the other probably a DE and we needed those positions filled.

Jabo Lee is a great RB and he was setting things on fire until early in his Senior year he was injured and lost most of that important Senior year.

If he'd stayed healthy he would probably have been at least a 4* RB with everyone coming after him but Coach Jay Graham has been getting to know him and recruiting him for 2 YEARS so that relationship is very strong and nobody was going to steal him away from Tennessee.

In only 31 days bUTch and the boys brought in a solid class in spite of everything being stacked so high against them.

Totally rebuilding our footVol program is going to take several years and many, many steps along the way.

This was a very positive and Successful 1st step in the journey back to the top so be patiend and enjoy watching things come together over the next 4 years because bUTch WILL be here 4 years no matter what.

VFL...GBO!!!

volsgirl writes:

in response to volcycle:

....half bear, the other half cat....

O, Rocky Top you'll always be home sweet home to me....
Good ole' Rocky Top, Rocky Top Tennessee!!!

Wish I still lived there...

I have been around the word but alway come back here, there is no place like home.

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