By going head-to-head with various SEC programs in pursuit of talented recruits for Tennessee, Jones got a dose of the challenge that lies ahead.
“Everything is accelerated in the SEC,” he said. “Every day, you have to bring your ‘A’ game, no matter what you’re doing. But it’s invigorating. As a competitor, you want to go up against the best each and every day.”
It was a rush job. Jones was hired at UT on Dec. 7. Because of the NCAA-mandated “dead periods” on the calendar, Jones had only 31 permissible recruiting days before national signing day last Wednesday.
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