Tennessee head coach Butch Jones was already on an explosive hot seat prior to Saturday’s 15-9 loss to South Carolina, and things have only heated up more in the hours since that loss.
However, one report from the Knoxville News-Sentinel could prove to be a reason why Tennessee has been sticking with Jones and may continue to do so throughout the season. According to that report, Jones would be due nearly $8.5 million if Tennessee were to fire him after the South Carolina game, with his staff’s buyout ballooning that to nearly $14 million total in buyout expenses.
Jones entered the season on the hot seat despite back-to-back nine win season, as many felt that Jones had lived up to Tennessee’s potential with the talent he had garnered at the school. After a surprise comeback win over Georgia Tech in the opener, things have quickly flatlined in Knoxville, as losses to Florida, Georgia (41-0), and now South Carolina are leaving a lot to be desired for a school expecting better.
[H/T SEC Country]