At SEC Media Days, Butch Jones stays on message, as players promise better days

Tennessee Volunteer head coach Butch Jones watches player during drills on their first day of practice in pads at their indoor practice field  Thursday, Mar. 14, 2013.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee Volunteer head coach Butch Jones watches player during drills on their first day of practice in pads at their indoor practice field Thursday, Mar. 14, 2013. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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HOOVER, Ala. -- Butch Jones had spent no more than a minute at the podium of the main media room Wednesday at SEC Media Days when he dropped his favorite slogan and 2013 theme.

Brick by brick.

Jones is clearly a coach with a consistent message, and even if most Tennessee fans have heard it dozens of times over the last eight months, it was at least somewhat new to the hundreds of media in attendance this week at the Hyatt Regency-Wynfrey Hotel in suburban Birmingham.

“It’s not a fancy slogan,” Jones said of the brick-by-brick theme, which is usually accompanied by a hashtag in his Twitter messages. “Every brick is symbolic of our football family.”

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Jones arrived at the podium about 20 minutes behind schedule, but had a relatively short stay. There were no controversial questions asked or major news provided.

Unlike a year ago, when Derek Dooley provided the Richard Nixonian quote about not having the Vols to “kick around” anymore, 2013 was a fairly uneventful debut in Hoover.

Jones was asked about the Vols’ losing streak against Florida and the ascent of bitter rival Alabama.

"We have to get back to being relevant and winning those football games,” Jones said.

The players accompanied Jones to Media Days were more direct.

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"Before Bama turned it around, they were terrible,” said junior offensive lineman Antonio “Tiny” Richardson. “So why can't we be the next team that blows up?”

Senior defensive end Jacques Smith said Jones had helped the Vols’ take ownership of their impressive tradition and heritage.

“That’s why I’m wearing this orange jacket,” said Smith, pointing at his blazer. “It pops out at you.”

The Vols finished 5-7 a year ago, including an embarrassing loss at Vanderbilt that ended Dooley’s tenure. Richardson praised Dooley as a “good coach,” but resolved that the days of losing to Vandy were over.

"That won't happen again,” he said. “I promise you that."

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter or his blog.

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VFL_Troll_Patrol writes:

I watched this on TV a few hours ago. Lane Kiffen and Dooley both had stupid comments. Kiffen wanted to "sing Rocky Top all night long after beating Florida next year." and Dooley said "You wont have Tennessee to kick around anymore"........ Butch seems as if he has some common sense not to say things like that. hahahaha Good job Jones! GBO!

*Im always watching*

lomas98 writes:

in response to VFL_Troll_Patrol:

I watched this on TV a few hours ago. Lane Kiffen and Dooley both had stupid comments. Kiffen wanted to "sing Rocky Top all night long after beating Florida next year." and Dooley said "You wont have Tennessee to kick around anymore"........ Butch seems as if he has some common sense not to say things like that. hahahaha Good job Jones! GBO!

*Im always watching*

Yes, but we all loved it when Kiffin said that. For the record that was at his opening press conference and not at SEC media days. I think he gave the players confidence, he should have just kept it to his players most of the time. Dooley on the other hand was the opposite of Kiffin and whatever he said, nobody really was that confident. Which is why his comment last year at media days is defined as you call it, stupid.

I think Jones is somewhere in the middle between those 2. He chooses his words carefully with the media, but the fanbase has a lot of confidence in him. Proven by his commitment list. The players attitudes being interviewed in Alabama seem to be more confident than last year too. I think Jones does have the common sense you mention and can get this job done......I just don't see anyway it will be this upcoming season.

MidTNVolFan writes:

I have confidence in CBJ but I also have confidence in the players and I love that Jacques Smith said what he did. It lets me know that the players believe in CBJ's coaching philosophy. The coach shouldn't have to say much at all. His players will do all the talking with their play on the field. Now lets become a winning, bowl eligible program again...Brick by Brick.

GBO!

Razor784 writes:

in response to VFL_Troll_Patrol:

I watched this on TV a few hours ago. Lane Kiffen and Dooley both had stupid comments. Kiffen wanted to "sing Rocky Top all night long after beating Florida next year." and Dooley said "You wont have Tennessee to kick around anymore"........ Butch seems as if he has some common sense not to say things like that. hahahaha Good job Jones! GBO!

*Im always watching*

I thought Butch represented with a class that hasn't seen been since Fulmer was there, he did great. I loved Tiny's quote about Vandy, i'm guessing UT will run for 300 yards on Vandy's defense this year.

antonio14313 writes:

i have a feeling that it'll be a LONG time before vanderbilt beats tennessee ANYWHERE ever again.

"You're not gonna have Tennessee to kick around anymore." well, coach dooley wasn't a great coach, but he might just be a great prophet...

can't wait to get on the field! time to walk the walk.

go vols

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GerryOP writes:

According to "Tiny," a short-lived trend of one year. "... the days of losing to Vandy were (are) over. 'That won't happen again,' he ("Tiny") said. 'I promise you that.'"

It's humorous nonsense to hear a Vandy troll try to talk trash about football.

mikethehistorystudent writes:

Jones conveys smart confidence and I like it. He talks about the pride and tradition of Tennessee like the actually believes it. Does he really? I don't know, but he sells it quite well and it's easy to sell something you genuinely believe in.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

Jones' first of three SEC media days. He won't see a fourth.

GerryOP writes:

in response to Crafty_Commodore_4118:

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Bwahaahaahaa! That's one of the most hilarious fantasies I've ever read on here. Nonsensical fantasies, you're contribution.

Oh yeah, your YouTube contribution? Enjoy it, that will be your highlight tape of Vandy football for the next couple of decades ... Or longer!

gameofvols writes:

That "commode" idiot seems to keep forgetting how many butt kickings the vander sissies have received from Tennessee, as I have witnessed several in person. Why keep posting on a non-vandy site? Seems to me he/she may be getting worried that they are going to continue, probably right. They win one game by baldy franklin and they think it is worth a lifetime, wrong answer. When the Vols clean their clocks this year, I figure his pathetic postings will disappear.

sameolvolalum writes:

The swagger's there. Most of those boneheaded mistakes should be eliminated. X's and O's should be notably improved, along with actual adjustments at halftime and when certain schemes have been ill-conceived. It'll take a few seasons.....maybe less.....for those bricks to form into a nice big house, but I've got confidence in CBJ.

As for this site: I've been suggesting removal and not responding to Jeff Flowers and the DC character, as well as the mindless seven t, but I'm wondering how many of you other Vol fans who peruse this site are doing the same. Speak up if you're also suggesting their removal because, otherwise, only the KNS editors know how many of us object to this nonsense. I've become convinced that tubby Mr. Flowers and the KNS have an arrangement which allows his meanderings, just so the retarded numbskulls who re-post and respond can give their response numbers a boost. The classier newspapers in the SEC simply don't allow such low class pi$$ing matches. GBO!

DalTexVol writes:

in response to Crafty_Commodore_4118:

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Anchor down? That means you are not moving. If you want to sail somewhere, you have to raise your anchor. Silly 'Dore.

SevenT writes:

Kiffin said, "sing Rocky Top all night long after beating Florida next year."

Dooley said "You wont have Tennessee to kick around anymore"

Butch said "Brick by Brick"

These are cheap, hollow, empty talking points.

Tennessee is a 4-8 squad that will get waxed just like Kiffin and Dooley got waxed.

Just Saying

GerryOP writes:

in response to SevenT:

Kiffin said, "sing Rocky Top all night long after beating Florida next year."

Dooley said "You wont have Tennessee to kick around anymore"

Butch said "Brick by Brick"

These are cheap, hollow, empty talking points.

Tennessee is a 4-8 squad that will get waxed just like Kiffin and Dooley got waxed.

Just Saying

Kiffin said, "sing Rocky Top all night long after beating Florida next year."

Dooley said "You wont have Tennessee to kick around anymore"

Butch said "Brick by Brick"

And you said "Tennessee is a 4-8 squad that will get waxed just like Kiffin and Dooley got waxed."

Compared to yours, the Kiffin, Dooley, and Jones posts are brilliant! You? You win today's award for stupidest, idiotic post.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to Crafty_Commodore_4118:

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You seem to conveniently ignore decades of beat downs, then accuse others of selective amnesia?!? We'll see if your candyland bromance with Franklin continues after a sub par season and departure to a real school.

kevininaugustageorgia writes:

in response to SevenT:

Kiffin said, "sing Rocky Top all night long after beating Florida next year."

Dooley said "You wont have Tennessee to kick around anymore"

Butch said "Brick by Brick"

These are cheap, hollow, empty talking points.

Tennessee is a 4-8 squad that will get waxed just like Kiffin and Dooley got waxed.

Just Saying

How 'bout them dawgs, Flarda boy?

Just sayin'

SevenT writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Kiffin said, "sing Rocky Top all night long after beating Florida next year."

Dooley said "You wont have Tennessee to kick around anymore"

Butch said "Brick by Brick"

And you said "Tennessee is a 4-8 squad that will get waxed just like Kiffin and Dooley got waxed."

Compared to yours, the Kiffin, Dooley, and Jones posts are brilliant! You? You win today's award for stupidest, idiotic post.

GerryGirl

There is nothing more sad than a delusional UT Fan like you. I feel sorry for you

ReeseHallRelic writes:

I just gotta shake my head at Vandy and Kentucky fans.... Each of your schools win one game every generation against Tennessee, just like clockwork, and you keep trash talking until the next generation's solo win?

Like Vince Lombardi said "When you get into the end zone, act like you've been there before."

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to ReeseHallRelic:

I just gotta shake my head at Vandy and Kentucky fans.... Each of your schools win one game every generation against Tennessee, just like clockwork, and you keep trash talking until the next generation's solo win?

Like Vince Lombardi said "When you get into the end zone, act like you've been there before."

Thank you RHR for your comment that has provided logical insight into how possibly the inane comments from the 'Cheating Cats and Candy could be written. Since they hadn't been in the end zone for a generation, they had no parental guidance for the experience. They are being the only thing they know how, uneducated children. Let them be with their childish ways. They aren't ready to be at the adult table for many years.

GerryOP writes:

in response to SevenT:

GerryGirl

There is nothing more sad than a delusional UT Fan like you. I feel sorry for you

As usual, you're just on here to stir the pot and call people names. Your arrogance is only exceeded by your ignorance. Bah... bye... jerk.

gameofvols writes:

Again, Crafty Commode Mouth, how many losses to the Vandy Sissies? It is sad when you have to rely on wins by other teams to make your comments. Does Vander Losers not have their own site? Evidently not by how much time you spend on this site. They probably do not have time as they are spending so much time in the news, police stations and in jail.

kevininaugustageorgia writes:

in response to SevenT:

GerryGirl

There is nothing more sad than a delusional UT Fan like you. I feel sorry for you

I don't know about that. Them lizard fans looked pretty sad after that LOUISVILLE beat-down in January.

They also been looking fairly sad the last two years at the SEC Championship Game. Oh wait, you guys haven't been to the Atl. to play in that lately cause of those 2 whuppin's you got from Georgia the past two years.

I recall them lizards were ranked #2 in the nation last year when them dawgs put you back in your place.

What's that stupid thing you like to quote? Oh yeah....just sayin'

OrangePride writes:

in response to Crafty_Commodore_4118:

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You know Crafty, for someone from Vandy, you would think you wouldn't want to look into that rear view mirror too often. Last year is gone. What is important is September to November of 2013. And just by the way......all the advice we ever need here in Big Orange Country came from General Neyland. Now just who is it you turn to when you need some football tradition and advice? About all you got is that dumb 41-18 and Anchor Down nonsense. See ya up here in November, dude. GO VOLS!!

ReeseHallRelic writes:

Keep talking, CrappyCommodeDoor. The more you try to talk about Vandy, the less sense you made. But, then again, since you're making up your CommodeDoor credentials as you go, Jeffy, it's not hard to understand why you struggle so much.

Hank Yours Down....

Snapshot writes:

in response to SevenT:

GerryGirl

There is nothing more sad than a delusional UT Fan like you. I feel sorry for you

sevenTeeth you are a freakin' coward!!

RealisticVol writes:

in response to gameofvols:

Again, Crafty Commode Mouth, how many losses to the Vandy Sissies? It is sad when you have to rely on wins by other teams to make your comments. Does Vander Losers not have their own site? Evidently not by how much time you spend on this site. They probably do not have time as they are spending so much time in the news, police stations and in jail.

They never needed their own site until last year. Now, they can't figure out how to set it up. ;-)

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to SevenT:

GerryGirl

There is nothing more sad than a delusional UT Fan like you. I feel sorry for you

wrong, low life trolls are sadder

Tonkin1 writes:

Can't believe any true Vol fan would discuss Vandy or Kentucky football? We only need to discuss getting better against Alabama. Vandy, Ky. don't count.
The only reason we dropped is because we had an idiot coach from the Wac who was not a winner and was from Ga.
No more I say...

SCVFL writes:

Vandy can
Florida v. Vandy 35-9-2 22 straight
Georgia v. Vandy 54-18-2 6 straight
SC v. Vandy 18-4 4 straight
Alabama v. Vandy 61-18-4 21 straight
LSU v. Vandy 22-2-1 7 straight
Tennessee v. Vandy 73-29-5 19-2 since divisionals in 92
Vandy's best record against SEC team (Kentucky) is still on the losing side Kentuck y leads series 41-40-4
I guess that Crafty Commode mouth really does need to bask in that little ray of sunshine.
BIG congrats to Vandy for actually winning a couple of games. Enjoy while you can.

GO VOLS

SCVFL writes:

Kentucky SEC records

Florida 46-17 26 straight
Georgia 52-12-2
SC 16-7-7
Alabama 35-2-1
Tennessee 75-24-9
Only winning record in Division is
over Vandy by a whopping 41-40-4
How about them "cats"

GBO

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