Butch Jones isn’t done at Tennessee just yet.
Following a meeting on Sunday with athletic director John Currie, SEC Country reported that Jones doesn’t plan on resigning as the Vols’ head coach.
Tennessee officials reportedly discussed Jones’ future with the program on Sunday night, which concluded with Currie passing through the football wing of the Anderson Training Center.
The Vols enter Saturday’s homecoming matchup against Southern Miss facing a four-game losing streak. Many Tennessee fans have been outspoken against Jones throughout the season, which has led to speculation of his termination for weeks.
However, Currie has given no reason for fans to believe that a move will be made before the end of the season given that Jones remains employed despite a losing streak that includes two blowout losses to SEC opponents and being held without an offensive touchdown for 15 consecutive quarters.
Following Saturday’s loss at Kentucky, Jones claimed that he believes Currie will “absolutely” support him through the remainder of the season.
Alright. I give up.
At this point, I’m afraid that somehow Butch Jones is going to be retained. I’m going to have to spend every fall Saturday watching him turn purple on the sidelines while I question whether to get rid of my UT diploma out of embarrassment for the next 10 years.
It’s almost like Tennessee brass chooses to ignore social media or literally any comment made about his coaching flaws. Or the fact that they just don’t care about one of the most successful football programs in SEC history becoming relevant again.
Jim McElwain led Florida to two consecutive SEC East Division titles and was fired after losing three consecutive games in his third season last week (there were certainly other issues behind the scenes as well).
John Currie and the higher ups have provided no reason to believe that things are going to improve.
There’s no way you can convince me that letting Jones coach winnable games against Southern Miss and Missouri is the best option for this football team. He can use every excuse about injuries, leadership reps, season expectations, etc but at the end of the day it all comes down to poor coaching and a lack of preparation.
It’s not fun anymore. Rocky Top makes me sad now because when it’s played during games it just means UT is one step closer to keeping Jones for another season. I’m not even sure this team could beat MTSU or UT-Martin right now.
This season has drained Tennessee fans more than any in recent memory and I went to UT during Derek Dooley’s entire tenure. I’ve convinced myself that Jones is actually worse than Dooley but had the fortune of an easier SEC East schedule which, by the way, he failed to finish in first place against.
Please, for the love of Peyton Manning, just end the season.