Butch Jones breathes new life into old slogans

Players are embracing Jones' messages

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Tennessee coach Butch Jones reacts to fans after the Vols beat South Carolina 23-21 at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.

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ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee coach Butch Jones reacts to fans after the Vols beat South Carolina 23-21 at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.

Butch Jones says he knows some people think his slogans are “corny.”

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Comments » 13

rockypop writes:

Nothing sells a program to recruits like current players who are committed to the philosophies of the head coach and his staff. Being a Cincy alum, I remember a quote from Zach Collaros, Cincy's great QB, who when asked by the media his thoughts on how Butch Jones would perform as Tennessee's coach, said "He's a leader of men."

As fans, who are we to question how he motivates his team. But, whatever he's doing, he seems to have earned the trust, respect and passion of his players. The "running through walls for him" mantra is not given out lightly.

Now, his biggest challenge is to get a whole lot of the right kind of players to run through those walls.

trek writes:

in response to rockypop:

Nothing sells a program to recruits like current players who are committed to the philosophies of the head coach and his staff. Being a Cincy alum, I remember a quote from Zach Collaros, Cincy's great QB, who when asked by the media his thoughts on how Butch Jones would perform as Tennessee's coach, said "He's a leader of men."

As fans, who are we to question how he motivates his team. But, whatever he's doing, he seems to have earned the trust, respect and passion of his players. The "running through walls for him" mantra is not given out lightly.

Now, his biggest challenge is to get a whole lot of the right kind of players to run through those walls.

Agreed. When is the last time we heard a UT football player say they'd run through a wall for the coach? I've never heard it until now. This coach WANTS to be here. He clearly has a staff that knows how to train these kids. I'd be willing to bet this is the first quality individual training/coaching some of these players have received at UT. These coaches seem to pay attention to every little detail in their training.
I'm so happy that at last, the senior players are seeing some success. How frustrating it must be to spend as much time as they have in practices, meetings, games, go through as many head coaches, assistant coaches, specialty coaches, etc and still not have much to show for it. Finally, these players, especially the seniors, will be able to look back on their college careers and see rewards for their hard work.
Who cares if some of Coach Jones's sayings are corny? Those kids FINALLY have someone who believes in them, isn't sarcastic (Dooley) and critical to them, won't up and leave them in the middle of the night (we all know who that was) and is helping them believe in themselves.

Inches turn into miles. It all adds up.

h8FLORIDA writes:

Ditto to the first two comments. Lets roll Vols. I know it's a long shot, but Buck Fama.

armydawg53 writes:

only a few plays from being 2-0. Also only a spectacular catch from being 0-2.

armydawg53 writes:

I wonder if there will be talk here about how far you have come this time next week? Bama 51, UT 7

gc_scvol writes:

in response to armydawg53:

I wonder if there will be talk here about how far you have come this time next week? Bama 51, UT 7

Hate to feed a troll, but you can't really blame a Jawga fan for not going to their Own site right now. You know with all the crying and such. Lost to Candy LMAO

h8FLORIDA writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

Hate to feed a troll, but you can't really blame a Jawga fan for not going to their Own site right now. You know with all the crying and such. Lost to Candy LMAO

Boom! Awesome response!

gc_scvol writes:

Thank You. ... Thank You Very Much

johnlg00 writes:

Lots of motivational ploys and sayings sound silly looked at word-for-word or out of context. The thing about CBJ and staff is that all these sayings are part of the overall ambience they are creating. Any reasonably intelligent or well-read person can pull out a memorable quote or two on any subject, but only someone with a solid, consistent philosophy of the subject at hand can make them truly resonate with their target audience.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to armydawg53:

I wonder if there will be talk here about how far you have come this time next week? Bama 51, UT 7

Look, we get how bummed-out you must be with the way things have turned out for the Dawgs this season. We would feel the same if we were in your position. The fact is that the Vols are on an uptick while the Dawgs' season is swirling down the drain. I would bet you dollars to donuts that the Bama game score won't be anything like what you are saying. Go be miserable with your own folks and lay off the negativity around here, 'kay?

gc_scvol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Look, we get how bummed-out you must be with the way things have turned out for the Dawgs this season. We would feel the same if we were in your position. The fact is that the Vols are on an uptick while the Dawgs' season is swirling down the drain. I would bet you dollars to donuts that the Bama game score won't be anything like what you are saying. Go be miserable with your own folks and lay off the negativity around here, 'kay?

Well put. I remember the old days when Jawga was on the way up and we were sliding down that hill. I honestly believe that conditioning has a lot to do with our recent success. I know we still have a lot of Hills to climb, but good conditioning makes it a lot easier. I also believe we have found a real coach who knows what he's doing. Keep the faith and fill the stadium. ALL VOL ALL THE TIME

trek writes:

in response to armydawg53:

I wonder if there will be talk here about how far you have come this time next week? Bama 51, UT 7

Anybody with any sense at al realizes this is going to be a step by step process to have UT football team winning consistently. But after the Ga game, then with the SC game, it certainly looks like this staff is accomplishing some goals. To see improvement during this year, with this incredibly difficult schedule, is pretty amazing. Nobody thinks we're going to win a championship this year, but it's wonderful to see the players gain confidence, not get rattled when things look down, and fight hard to come back.

And if you are from Ga, I'm truly sorry for all the injuries. I like Ga and I like their coach. Having a kid in sports for many years I know what it's like to have them sidelined by injuries, I hate that for anybody.

But it sure is great to see this UT team have confidence in themselves and each other. The next few years should be fun to watch.

rnb48vols#251344 writes:

look what happened to the gators after the vols D look st the dawgs after the vols D same with the gamechicks

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