Well this would have shaken things up last year.
According to a recent report by Travis Haney of 247Sports, one SEC coach believes that Tennessee’s Butch Jones would have been fired last season if it weren’t for the then on-going search for a new athletic director.
“I think he’s been benefitted from that (AD change),” one SEC assistant told us. “If they had a stable AD, I bet he’s gone. I know a lot of coaches who feel like they’re kind of taking it easy on him. It’s been there for the taking for them. They never took it.”
Tennessee has since hired John Currie as their new athletic director, and Jones is likely on the hot seat with a new boss. Tennessee is 30-21 under Jones with back-to-back 9-4 seasons, which is fine in a vacuum. However, expectations have been high at Tennessee and it looks like the program feels like Jones may not be the man to return the program to prominence.
[H/T SEC Country]