Butch Jones doing ESPN interview 'carwash' on Tuesday

Tennessee coach Butch Jones talks with reporters during the Southeastern Conference football Media Days in Hoover, Ala., Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)$RETURN$$RETURN$

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Tennessee coach Butch Jones talks with reporters during the Southeastern Conference football Media Days in Hoover, Ala., Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)$RETURN$$RETURN$

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones will be one of six SEC coaches to go through the ESPN “carwash” on Tuesday.

The carwash is a metaphor for the whirlwind of interviews that coaches endure while spending the day at the sports network’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters.

Jones will be joined by Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, Florida’s Will Muschamp, South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier and Kentucky’s Mark Stoops.

ESPN had exclusive access to coaches during last week’s SEC Media Days, so it’s unclear what might be asked just a few days later.

One festering argument leftover from last week might be the mini-feud between Malzahn and Bielema over fast-paced offenses. Bielema believes fast-paced offenses increase the risk of player injuries, while Malzahn dismissed the idea.

UT said Jones would participate in a live chat on ESPN.com at 11 a.m. and participate in a live television interview on ESPNews at 2:40 p.m. Taped interviews from earlier in the day will air on College Football Live at 3:30 p.m. and Highly Questionable at 4 p.m. Jones will also sit down for interviews with College GameDay, Recruiting Nation and various ESPN reporters to be aired or published at an undetermined time.

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Comments » 12

allntl1#565211 writes:

Lets play some football

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

I'm looking forward to something aired on ESPN, that's rare.

HallowedHill writes:

Looking forward to seeing Coach Jones.

Go Vols!

mikethehistorystudent writes:

Every time Coach Jones gets some publicity, UT seems to get more recruits. He gives off confidence that attracts winners to our program.

TnOrange4Life writes:

Im sure Coach Jones will represent our Vols well. He has this far and things seem to be looking up as far as recruiting. Victories on Saturdays will make it that much sweeter. GBO VFL

CrankE writes:

ESPN got almost everything they wanted out of the SEC media days.

They got Johnny Football and competing storylines on why he was sent home from the Manning camp, the perpetual Alabama worship that happens in Vacuumtown, Les Miles doesn't want to play UF every single year, schools from states that start with the letter "M", Franklin and the Vandy 4, Muschamp taking aim at Meyer, Bielema and Malzahn's disagreement, Steve Stipend at SC, and Stoops (not Bob) at Kentucky.

What they didn't get is a headline from Tennessee's head coach that puts him into that same bag of cats with the rest of his peers and reinforces their "pinata" meme around Tennessee.

I'm of the opinion that the less access ESPN has to UT, the less that UT talks with ESPN, the better it will be for UT. I think that Butch Jones will do just fine though.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to CrankE:

ESPN got almost everything they wanted out of the SEC media days.

They got Johnny Football and competing storylines on why he was sent home from the Manning camp, the perpetual Alabama worship that happens in Vacuumtown, Les Miles doesn't want to play UF every single year, schools from states that start with the letter "M", Franklin and the Vandy 4, Muschamp taking aim at Meyer, Bielema and Malzahn's disagreement, Steve Stipend at SC, and Stoops (not Bob) at Kentucky.

What they didn't get is a headline from Tennessee's head coach that puts him into that same bag of cats with the rest of his peers and reinforces their "pinata" meme around Tennessee.

I'm of the opinion that the less access ESPN has to UT, the less that UT talks with ESPN, the better it will be for UT. I think that Butch Jones will do just fine though.

The thing is, the schools got almost everything they wanted from ESPN in the new contract. Of course, ESPN is going to want maximum bang for their buck. Now, I have occasionally weighed in on the side of those who think ESPN has it in for UT. Some individuals, out of the desire to stir up a story, may have gotten on the wrong side of a fan base, but as a business, it makes no sense for ESPN to wantonly disrespect people from a whole region of sports fanatics.

We may have our gripes about this or that thing that somebody might say on ESPN, but they are one of the main reasons why anybody outside of the Big East or the SEC would have ever heard of Butch Jones. As somebody said above, every time Butch appears on ESPN, some new recruit commits. Overly simple, of course, but as appealing as Jones has seemed to be, how could it hurt for him to be on ESPN or any other outlet as much as possible?

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to johnlg00:

The thing is, the schools got almost everything they wanted from ESPN in the new contract. Of course, ESPN is going to want maximum bang for their buck. Now, I have occasionally weighed in on the side of those who think ESPN has it in for UT. Some individuals, out of the desire to stir up a story, may have gotten on the wrong side of a fan base, but as a business, it makes no sense for ESPN to wantonly disrespect people from a whole region of sports fanatics.

We may have our gripes about this or that thing that somebody might say on ESPN, but they are one of the main reasons why anybody outside of the Big East or the SEC would have ever heard of Butch Jones. As somebody said above, every time Butch appears on ESPN, some new recruit commits. Overly simple, of course, but as appealing as Jones has seemed to be, how could it hurt for him to be on ESPN or any other outlet as much as possible?

John,

I agree with your points. The key phrase is "Follow the Money". Back in 1997 when ESPN had its big $$$ deals with the Big 10 and Big 12, UT fans had a major gripe with the way ESPN played up Michigan and Woodson. It was good business for ESPN to play up the Big 10 and Big 12 since that is who they were heavily invested with at that time. It's 2013 now and ESPN is heavily invested in the SEC. As bad as UT has been recently, they still draw very good ratings for ESPN. ESPN really wants a good UT team since UT fans watch games and bring viewers. There's a reason why UT and Bama in the early to mid 00s was getting more national games than slightly higher ranked teams such as LSU, UGA, Auburn, and UF...they brought more eyeballs to the equation for the networks.

antonio14313 writes:

if the rest of the nation doesn't know who coach butch jones is by now, this'll be the perfect opportunity to see who he is before the season starts...

go vols!

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UTKin1992 writes:

in response to CrankE:

ESPN got almost everything they wanted out of the SEC media days.

They got Johnny Football and competing storylines on why he was sent home from the Manning camp, the perpetual Alabama worship that happens in Vacuumtown, Les Miles doesn't want to play UF every single year, schools from states that start with the letter "M", Franklin and the Vandy 4, Muschamp taking aim at Meyer, Bielema and Malzahn's disagreement, Steve Stipend at SC, and Stoops (not Bob) at Kentucky.

What they didn't get is a headline from Tennessee's head coach that puts him into that same bag of cats with the rest of his peers and reinforces their "pinata" meme around Tennessee.

I'm of the opinion that the less access ESPN has to UT, the less that UT talks with ESPN, the better it will be for UT. I think that Butch Jones will do just fine though.

So true...however, I see Coach Jones handling himself well; regardless of the interviewer.

Remember, ESPN loves Bruce Pearl and with Butch's charisma and style I can't imagine him not following suit.

Thank heavens we got us a real special football coach this time around, huh?!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

John,

I agree with your points. The key phrase is "Follow the Money". Back in 1997 when ESPN had its big $$$ deals with the Big 10 and Big 12, UT fans had a major gripe with the way ESPN played up Michigan and Woodson. It was good business for ESPN to play up the Big 10 and Big 12 since that is who they were heavily invested with at that time. It's 2013 now and ESPN is heavily invested in the SEC. As bad as UT has been recently, they still draw very good ratings for ESPN. ESPN really wants a good UT team since UT fans watch games and bring viewers. There's a reason why UT and Bama in the early to mid 00s was getting more national games than slightly higher ranked teams such as LSU, UGA, Auburn, and UF...they brought more eyeballs to the equation for the networks.

Very astute observations. I always enjoy your posts.

johnlg00 writes:

Very creditable performance by CBJ on ESPN today. I detected no falseness, heard no malaprops, saw no flourishes, just a calm, self-confident, well-reasoned and well-stated presentation of his plans to get the Vols back on top. He represents us very well.

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