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Butch Jones and the Tennessee Volunteers annually come up with a motivational tactic that is supposed to get players and fans excited.

This year, the Vols decided on a trash can for players to dunk footballs into after forcing turnovers. Unless Jones isn’t completely unaware of the irony, I’m not exactly sure what the can has to do with anything and neither does the internet, apparently.

Fans and media members torched Jones and the Vols for this questionable decision.

(That isn’t actually Lane Kiffin’s account)

Seriously, the lack of self-awareness is unbelievable.

Jones entered the season on the hot seat and has been a walking meme since his arrival, yet still thought it was a good idea to make a trash can the Vols’ “thing” at the risk of, you know, playing like trash on national television for three quarters.

Can you imagine the meeting within the UT athletic department? “Yeah, people are totally going to think this is the coolest thing ever!”

Best of all, when the Vols finally did force a turnover they missed the dunk!

This is real life for Tennessee fans.

Somehow the Vols miraculously rallied back from a 14-point second half deficit to force overtime and win 42-41. But still, the trash can and how symbolic it was for the team’s play during the first three quarters is beyond ridiculous.

Butch Jones, you’ve got to be more self-aware, my guy.

Jason has contributed to numerous websites in the past covering a wide range of sports including SEC football for the past four seasons. He began his journalism career as a student journalist at the University of Tennessee where he covered the Vols for the student radio station and newspaper. Here’s ...Read more
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