Butch Jones comments UT's 23-21 win over South Carolina
KNOXVILLE — There stood Butch Jones. Atop a metal ladder. Waving his arms like Leonard Bernstein. Leading the University of Tennessee marching band, which is currently in need of a permanent leader, but probably can't afford Jones after the new football coach's team shocked No. 11 South Carolina 23-21 inside Neyland Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
"Rocky Top," Jones said of his song of choice as the brief conductor of the Pride of the Southland Band. "That's the greatest song in the world."
This was the easily the greatest day in the world of UT football since the 2009 Volunteers beat the Gamecocks on Halloween night. Over the next three-plus seasons 19 straight ranked opponents had beat the Big Orange, often by wide margins.
And it certainly appeared as if such disappointment would visit the Vols again after South Carolina turned a 17-7 halftime deficit into a 21-17 lead before the third quarter ended. It was beginning to look like the painful finish of the Georgia overtime loss two weeks ago. So close ... so far ... so predictable.
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