Butch Jones impressing 'my mentality' on Vols during grueling workouts

Team 'really receptive' to coaching style

Tennessee football head coach Butch Jones addresses the media regarding new recruits in the Stokely Family Media Center at Neyland Stadium Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee football head coach Butch Jones addresses the media regarding new recruits in the Stokely Family Media Center at Neyland Stadium Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Butch Jones addresses the Big Orange TipOff Club

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones finished up a workout with his team on campus Wednesday morning and drove to a speaking engagement while trying to regain his voice.

Even a pre-speech sweet tea couldn’t eliminate the hoarseness.

“The players saw a little bit of Butch Jones this morning,” Jones told the crowd at the Big Orange TipOff Club at Calhoun’s on the River. “They’re going to have my mentality ... But this team has been really receptive. It’s more like, ‘Just teach us, Coach. We want to win.’”

While fans have seen the affable and friendly side of Jones during his first three months on the job, players have started to learn that he also means business. When they arrive for workouts Friday morning, players will be wearing one of three jerseys.

“They’ll be graded in three areas,” Jones said. “If they play at a championship level, they’ll wear orange. If they’re average, they’ll be white. If they’re awful or not up to our standard, they’ll be in blue.”

What does Jones expect to see?

“We have a lot of guys in white and a lot in blue, but we’ll get that corrected,” Jones said.

His players are being graded in what Jones calls the “Standard” workouts, a series of seven extremely intense four-minute stations designed to push players to their mental and physical limit.

“It’s about playing up to what we call the Tennessee standard,” Jones said.

Jones likes to add a competitive element to the pre-spring workouts as a way of breeding leaders while making the drills more engaging.

“There’s a winner and loser in every drill,” he said. “We’re trying to develop the mind and the mindset.

“Our players have really gravitated to it and really been invested in it. I can see the progress we’re making in all facets of the program right now.”

In other news, Jones said that defensive backs coach Willie Martinez will be given the title of assistant head coach for defense.

Defensive line coach Steve Stripling has been designated assistant head coach. John Jancek is the defensive coordinator.

In response to a question about his staff, Jones told the crowd that offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian had been approached by two SEC schools this offseason, and receivers coach Zach Azzanni, who came to UT from Wisconsin, had “turned down three SEC jobs this year.”

Jones also had some surprisingly forceful opinions on changes to NCAA rules that would allow more contact between coaches and recruits.

“As coaches, as peers, we’re trying to get (the rules) stopped,” Jones said. “I can’t believe we didn’t have a say.”

The changes, which end restrictions on phone calls and text messages and relax limits on the number of staff members allowed to recruit, were meant to simplify an increasingly difficult rule book.

“We have a speed limit for a reason. Law enforcement agencies don’t say, ‘Well, we can’t enforce the speed limit, so we’re going to do away with it,’ ” Jones said.

Jones also referenced a conversation with former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.

“Jim Tressel called me last year and he said, ‘Butch, we have to protect the integrity of our game. It’s not pro football,’” Jones said. “We have to make sure it doesn’t turn into the entertainment business.”

The rules were passed by university presidents and are scheduled to go into effect in July, but many believe the backlash will prompt the presidents to override the legislation next month.

Jones also predicted that rules concerning player safety would have a dramatic impact on the game, including the elimination of kickoffs, perhaps within five years.

Jones was well-received by the crowd of devoted basketball fans, and he praised the success of UT’s men’s and women’s basketball teams.

“We’re one Tennessee,” Jones said. “When basketball does well, football does well. When baseball does well, football does well. We’re one family.”

The last question went to a woman who said she was “just a simple housewife,” but predicted Jones would have great success at UT.

“I want to be here the rest of my career,” Jones said. “Maybe one day they’ll have a street named after me.”

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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frblalack writes:

Coach Butch,

You have the TOTAL 110% support from ALL true Tennessee Vols. T E NN E SS EE Tennessee! Who can beat 'em, we can beat 'em, we're the team that can defeat 'em!!! Big Orange for Life!!!

Now let's KICK some A.. in the SEC THIS year!

All Vols - All the Time - Vol for Life - Go Big Orange!

...and let's not fool around with our traditional uniforms, we are Orange & White! Big Orange Country!

Orangeblood13 writes:

Please let him coach as good as he motivates
aman

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

This is going to be interesting..If CBJ can call plays and Jancek's defense can at least slow down opposing teams, our Vols could see immediate success..I'm ready to bypass the Summer and play some fb.

Volunista writes:

Thanks for bringing hope back to Big Orange Country, Coach. Bring this program back to its former glory and you will be a legend.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to Volunista:

Thanks for bringing hope back to Big Orange Country, Coach. Bring this program back to its former glory and you will be a legend.

+1!!!

movol53 writes:

I know I'll be jumped on for this but . . . I've been a VOLFAN for 50 years and we currently have a rag tag team of players recruited by 3 or 4 different head coaches and we lost most of our known offense. We have a new coaching staff who will be trying to build a team with player they did not recruit and will be playing the toughest schedule in D 1 football (according to several articles I read on line). Don't get me wrong I too, want to win and return to the 90's (or better) but winning next year is going to be a trick.
GO VOLS!!!

VolGrad writes:

Reel'em in and coach'em up!!!

http://www.footballtime.com/2013/02/2...

This is Big Orange Country!

Simply_Orange51 writes:

Every long journey has to start someplace. What betterr starting point than between the player's ears. If you believe you can do something, that's usually a pretty significant piece of the battle. The rest is coaching and hard work. Building leaders on the team is a quality beginning ..... wish them all the best of luck as they begin this journey back. Who knows; we may get a welcome surprise or two along the way. Volunteer - Always.......

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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Wow scumbag, trolling this site at either 2:48 am or 3:48 depending if its eastern time. You should really get a life.

usafvol writes:

in response to utvolfan1955:

Wow scumbag, trolling this site at either 2:48 am or 3:48 depending if its eastern time. You should really get a life.

Other than waiting on that welfare check, this is his life..

mlynn1 writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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Great example of Tennessee eating Florida fan's lunch 24/7. Just can't get enough Tennessee.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

2 things I like about Jones is I think this team has done a 360 as far as attitude and culture goes..Sure to see a more team;pride and unity attitude with players instead of loser desperation that Dooley had..We will see how well that holds up as we are sure to get pounded by our competition who have twice the talent we have..2nd is player recruiting..He is going right into Bama;GA and Auburn's strongholds and is getting glowing responses and making big impressions on players that are probably locks to go to their in state schools..Might not win those battles but he has them taking hard looks at the Vols

usafvol writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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Do yourself a favor and check for polyps while your head is up there troll..

PUL4VOLS writes:

Coach Jones talks a lot but...he is also working very hard to make the Volunteer football team better. My guess is it is working and we will see the results in days ahead. As for all the nega-Vols ragging on him, it is not helpful. If you are a true fan, get behind the effort. It will take awhile. This is not twitter, facebook, pininterest and all the other instant expectant fixes. I say, let it go until we see how hard they play, how much they have improved and how many games they win this fall before presenting the foibulliscious conclusions which prove some will be so-not-fine. This is a beginning and the road is long. The time for true assessment is after it begins to play out. Otherwise, all postings are...part of our own hopeful or nega-hopeful imagining. I am looking forward to what is ahead and am sick of hearing about the past. It is done!

BigBadVol writes:

I love the attitude of this coach and staff. We will be back. Lastly, why is it so hard to ignore the trolls for some of you people? Stop responding to the moronic diatribes.

6972 writes:

in response to usafvol:

Do yourself a favor and check for polyps while your head is up there troll..

LMBO. Now that gives a whole new definition and a definite change in procedure for a "colonoscopy". Do he still have to drink all of that ucky stuff?

ktownorange32 writes:

Im extermely interested in seeing how Jones works out. I can only speak for my era (starting at Majors) but Tenn hasn't had a all the time wired up coach. Majors, Fulmer, Kiffin, and Dooley all had their eruptions on the side lines from time to time but mostly stoic figures. Jones is wide open ALL the time, kinda like some guy.... whats his name.... oh yeah Bruce Pearl that Tenn loved. Im not promising Jones will win or anything but I am very interested to see someone with his intensity level lead us. Hope the guy don't have a heart attack on us though.

gogovols2002#222335 writes:

Gee..what a dumb statement ,” Jones said. “Maybe one day they’ll have a street named after me.” He may think it..but dont say it. He must have really been psyched after the workout

usafvol writes:

in response to gogovols2002#222335:

Gee..what a dumb statement ,” Jones said. “Maybe one day they’ll have a street named after me.” He may think it..but dont say it. He must have really been psyched after the workout

Not a dumb statement at all. His point may have been over your head but I think what he meant is he intends on being successful like the others who have streets named after them..

gc_scvol writes:

in response to gogovols2002#222335:

Gee..what a dumb statement ,” Jones said. “Maybe one day they’ll have a street named after me.” He may think it..but dont say it. He must have really been psyched after the workout

Class of June 5,2007 ! There's just something about that date and trolls.

bUTch_please writes:

Really love the graded jerseys. That's strong as circus dirt.

Wonder what Coach thinks of your effort? It's hanging on the hook. Too rich.

UTvols33 writes:

"Butch Jones gave raspy address to Big Orange TipOff Club" vs. "Butch Jones impressing 'my mentality' on Vols during gruelling workouts"

Same article, WTF?

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Is the whiny coward, Jeff Flowers still around?????? We understand the troll, "9 is a fine troll", but this idiot wilted Flowers, the coward........cannot figure why Jack hasn't canned this clown.

All this time, the coward has been using the name of 2 fine Vol football players, Karl Kremser, and most recently, Glenn Ford........to satisfy his pathetic attack on the University, its coaches, and players.

Why? Could it be because this idiot never could make the grade as an athlete? Whatever, the coward tag applies to someone who uses another's name as part of a screen name.........to appease his anger and quite simply, to demonstrate his immaturity.

Both of these 2 have problems. 9 is a "fine troll" is consumed with Tennessee, and wilted Flowers isn't man enough to take his hangup to Glenn Ford and Karl Kremser to whine to them in person.

Fact.

traderjoe writes:

CJ sounds like a coach. I like the orange, white, and blue system.

Dooley should've been wearing blue pants.

Pipe_Down_Otis writes:

in response to traderjoe:

CJ sounds like a coach. I like the orange, white, and blue system.

Dooley should've been wearing blue pants.

Dooley did care, a lot. You could see it when we lost, how it affected him. He just wasn't able to coach in the SEC. I think Jones will get this team's attention, although 7-5 would be a really good year this first year considering what he's got to work with.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to KnoxVegas88:

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His resume would have been rather thin without the three successful years at Cincinnati first. He may have had the same potential, but not the same experience that his approach works or the same history with his staff. The Big East may not be the SEC, but the conference he was in before that at Central Michigan--the MAC?--was a step below that. I'm just glad we have him now.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to movol53:

I know I'll be jumped on for this but . . . I've been a VOLFAN for 50 years and we currently have a rag tag team of players recruited by 3 or 4 different head coaches and we lost most of our known offense. We have a new coaching staff who will be trying to build a team with player they did not recruit and will be playing the toughest schedule in D 1 football (according to several articles I read on line). Don't get me wrong I too, want to win and return to the 90's (or better) but winning next year is going to be a trick.
GO VOLS!!!

Well, I for one won't jump on you for saying that. It is after all only the simple truth. I'm just afraid that if he doesn't win right away in a big way, the impatient ones will be in there second-guessing him and jogging his elbow to the point where he will have just as much trouble recruiting as he had with the short recruiting season this year. You know, the kind who see the obvious facts you stated above as mere "excuses"!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

2 things I like about Jones is I think this team has done a 360 as far as attitude and culture goes..Sure to see a more team;pride and unity attitude with players instead of loser desperation that Dooley had..We will see how well that holds up as we are sure to get pounded by our competition who have twice the talent we have..2nd is player recruiting..He is going right into Bama;GA and Auburn's strongholds and is getting glowing responses and making big impressions on players that are probably locks to go to their in state schools..Might not win those battles but he has them taking hard looks at the Vols

I hope they do a 180! Doing a 360 means you are just spinning around in a circle; we have done quite enough of that for the past several years now. We need a new direction, not coming back around after spinning our wheels to go in the same old direction. Just messing with you; it's a mistake a lot of people make. I agree strongly with all the rest of this.

johnlg00 writes:

GFF, blah, blah, blah. Different day, same ol' BS. Ho hum. Guess he just loves ranting to himself, the voices in his head, and his sock puppets. Move along, Vol fans; STILL nothing to see here.

vol49 writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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Can we borrow your EBT card this March or do you already have it sold? Beef and poultry are going up.

UTvols33 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

Is the whiny coward, Jeff Flowers still around?????? We understand the troll, "9 is a fine troll", but this idiot wilted Flowers, the coward........cannot figure why Jack hasn't canned this clown.

All this time, the coward has been using the name of 2 fine Vol football players, Karl Kremser, and most recently, Glenn Ford........to satisfy his pathetic attack on the University, its coaches, and players.

Why? Could it be because this idiot never could make the grade as an athlete? Whatever, the coward tag applies to someone who uses another's name as part of a screen name.........to appease his anger and quite simply, to demonstrate his immaturity.

Both of these 2 have problems. 9 is a "fine troll" is consumed with Tennessee, and wilted Flowers isn't man enough to take his hangup to Glenn Ford and Karl Kremser to whine to them in person.

Fact.

He's not really creative either. He says the same BS every time he types.

vol49 writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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Richmond still bUTch slaps you. He's probably still giving you wedgies to this day. Maybe if you move out of your mom's basement you can try to establish your own identity and get over the rage of living in Richmonds shadow all these years.

UTvols33 writes:

in response to movol53:

I know I'll be jumped on for this but . . . I've been a VOLFAN for 50 years and we currently have a rag tag team of players recruited by 3 or 4 different head coaches and we lost most of our known offense. We have a new coaching staff who will be trying to build a team with player they did not recruit and will be playing the toughest schedule in D 1 football (according to several articles I read on line). Don't get me wrong I too, want to win and return to the 90's (or better) but winning next year is going to be a trick.
GO VOLS!!!

There is nothing wrong with what you said. It's fine to be realistic. I'm not expecting 10 wins next season either. It's the mindless fools that spew the same hateful rhetoric about Hart, Hamilton, Fulmer, Dooley & Jones and throw in not so clever words like "Dooley 2.0," "another 5-7 or 4-8 season," and "delusional" over and over and over again. Those are the ones that get jumped on.

GO VOLS! BEAT FLORIDA!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to frblalack:

Coach Butch,

You have the TOTAL 110% support from ALL true Tennessee Vols. T E NN E SS EE Tennessee! Who can beat 'em, we can beat 'em, we're the team that can defeat 'em!!! Big Orange for Life!!!

Now let's KICK some A.. in the SEC THIS year!

All Vols - All the Time - Vol for Life - Go Big Orange!

...and let's not fool around with our traditional uniforms, we are Orange & White! Big Orange Country!

I think he was talking about PRACTICE jerseys. They already use red or green jerseys to designate players who can't be hit or engage in other drills. This is only different because it is used to show who is PRODUCING in practice on an ongoing basis. Never really heard of anybody doing that before, but it makes sense to me.

allvol8 writes:

in response to 6972:

LMBO. Now that gives a whole new definition and a definite change in procedure for a "colonoscopy". Do he still have to drink all of that ucky stuff?

Yep ..but he has to drink it for several days since he is full of feces;)

Scoon writes:

in response to KnoxVegas88:

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My question is so now why did they call YOU? Juss wonderin...

suttree writes:

Talk is cheap. For the ignorant amount of money this crew of coaches is being paid they had better win in 2013. None of this "its gonna take a while" bs. No excuses. Just WIN. NOW.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

This is going to be interesting..If CBJ can call plays and Jancek's defense can at least slow down opposing teams, our Vols could see immediate success..I'm ready to bypass the Summer and play some fb.

God bless you my Little One.An Old man on Hospice for the third time in 10 years Would love to see the season start today,NOT TOMORROW! Again I liked Dooley, His long term efforts were right on the money but they were still very long term. BJ appears to have it together and Pee on what others are saying, Dooley didn't leave a dry cupboard. Dooley came very close to making that big move this year and Jones know it very well. This is his and his staff's golden opportunity and they each know it. They are in much better position than they were when they took Cinn from Brian and they have as much talent or more than ND had this year. We are going to howl believe me it will sound loud and great.. You know it, The staff knows it, I know it and so does the players.
Go Voles Just allow me to watch. Please.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to Scoon:

My question is so now why did they call YOU? Juss wonderin...

Question, oh chimera.

What happens when Won and Done Done not Won? How does the great recruiter deal with a bench full of the last class as another is on the doorstep?

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

The comments by all of the people that hate UT on here are great! It just goes to show that the Vols are always on their simple little minds.

Scoon writes:

in response to Vols4Ever:

Question, oh chimera.

What happens when Won and Done Done not Won? How does the great recruiter deal with a bench full of the last class as another is on the doorstep?

Ah, aHomeric 'q'..so, now what would Odysseus do?...hmmm. Good 'q'!?!?!?!

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to Scoon:

Ah, aHomeric 'q'..so, now what would Odysseus do?...hmmm. Good 'q'!?!?!?!

'Tis why it is presented to those from the land of Grass that is Blue. Those from the Tops that are Rocky aren't confronted with the conundrum.

You best hope it doesn't take as long or as many quandaries as it did to find Penelope. Remember, just as you lost your screen name, this abyss might be the start of something more epic.

Really, what is his plan do deal with the "uncoachable" ones while promising everything to the ones following?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

God bless you my Little One.An Old man on Hospice for the third time in 10 years Would love to see the season start today,NOT TOMORROW! Again I liked Dooley, His long term efforts were right on the money but they were still very long term. BJ appears to have it together and Pee on what others are saying, Dooley didn't leave a dry cupboard. Dooley came very close to making that big move this year and Jones know it very well. This is his and his staff's golden opportunity and they each know it. They are in much better position than they were when they took Cinn from Brian and they have as much talent or more than ND had this year. We are going to howl believe me it will sound loud and great.. You know it, The staff knows it, I know it and so does the players.
Go Voles Just allow me to watch. Please.

Ditto & GBO!!

Scoon writes:

in response to Vols4Ever:

'Tis why it is presented to those from the land of Grass that is Blue. Those from the Tops that are Rocky aren't confronted with the conundrum.

You best hope it doesn't take as long or as many quandaries as it did to find Penelope. Remember, just as you lost your screen name, this abyss might be the start of something more epic.

Really, what is his plan do deal with the "uncoachable" ones while promising everything to the ones following?

Just as the ancient epic poet parlayed the irresistible allures of women to whom lead many men astray, so does the seduction and allure to the name of Kentucky, for those of even whom are not able to cut the mustard.

Simple, 4Ever. If they are not able to play and play well at Kentucky, then they sit or they find somewhere else to go. Most this year have had their 'big' chance and they blew it. And, unless that 'most' ever decide to grow up and make a really, really big turn around and fast, just the way the Cauley-Stein appeared to be doing the other night, they may not be back.

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to suttree:

Talk is cheap. For the ignorant amount of money this crew of coaches is being paid they had better win in 2013. None of this "its gonna take a while" bs. No excuses. Just WIN. NOW.

As if money buys wins. Sheesh! Well, there were times, and may still be, when some 'sport' with a passel of Grover Clevelands slips a satchel full somewhere to fix a game. But johnny law tends to frown on that.
But seriously, winning now will be hard to do with the Vols returning just 43.4% of their offensive firepower. Third lowest in the SEC.

http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/2013...

You would do well emotionally to adjust your expectations to reality. CBJ and staff will have probably the best offensive line in the NCAA, but QB, RBs, receivers, and the entire defense are up in the air. That along with the whole team, once again, moving to new offensive and defensive sets makes predicting the success of the 2013 Vols a sticky wicket. We may do a lot better than expected, but I'll be happy to have more wins than loses, and go to a bowl. Expecting anything more could be hazardous to your mental health. Demanding more is redonkulous and uninformed.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

Last year everyone was so excited about the Mountian Climbing team building Dooley gave the media. Jones may do well but all this hype in the spring means nothing. You act as if the Bama and Florida players are laying around in the dorms doing nothing. All programs train hard. Let's see him outcoach a few good and proven SEC staffs begore once again UT fans ordain another GREAT coach as I heard for two years with Dooley. He may do well but the proof will be on the field, not in the media.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Last year everyone was so excited about the Mountian Climbing team building Dooley gave the media. Jones may do well but all this hype in the spring means nothing. You act as if the Bama and Florida players are laying around in the dorms doing nothing. All programs train hard. Let's see him outcoach a few good and proven SEC staffs begore once again UT fans ordain another GREAT coach as I heard for two years with Dooley. He may do well but the proof will be on the field, not in the media.

Fair enough, and that is pretty much the way most of us Vol fans see it. However, I don't get the point of all those who put Jones down for trying to lift the spirits of Vol fans after so much disappointment. He would be stupid to poor-mouth his staff and the team, and these days no coach of a highly visible team can avoid saying SOMETHING. If he is over-hyping them, that will become apparent as the season unfolds. In the meantime, it seems that he has done about as much as he could be expected to do, given where he was and is in the yearly cycle of a high-level football program.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Last year everyone was so excited about the Mountian Climbing team building Dooley gave the media. Jones may do well but all this hype in the spring means nothing. You act as if the Bama and Florida players are laying around in the dorms doing nothing. All programs train hard. Let's see him outcoach a few good and proven SEC staffs begore once again UT fans ordain another GREAT coach as I heard for two years with Dooley. He may do well but the proof will be on the field, not in the media.

Isn't the real gauge of any coaching job the actual wins on the field?? Don't you understand that's the reason Dooley, Fulmer, Battle, McDonald all got the ax.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to 45ReVOLver:

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I know you would like to believe that, but in time 75% would have whittled down to 65%, 55%, and now 49%..The fact of the matter are UT was sliding down a slippery slope. No wins over bammer or florida since Saban & Meyer assumed HC gigs there proves coaching/talent were lacking. UT even under Fulmer would not be celebrating SEC championships.

Rhodes-Alumnus..

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to 45ReVOLver:

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And you have no proof to the contrary, so this is opinion based cr@pola (especially yours I might add).

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