Tennessee AD John Currie responds to Butch Jones’ hot seat talk Michael Reaves/Getty Images
KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers looks on during the second half of the game against the Indiana State Sycamores at Neyland Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Tennessee fans have been anxious to hear what new athletic director John Currie’s opinion is regarding head coach Butch Jones following a disappointing 26-20 loss at Florida.

On Wednesday, Currie shot down the notion that Jones was on the proverbial hot seat during an interview with Jason Kersey of The Athletic.

?I?m very proud of the job that our staff has done in rebuilding our program, and Coach Jones,? Currie said. ?People get hung up in speculation before they really know anything about what they?re talking about sometimes. I?m very confident in the future of our program.?

FanBuzz’s take:

Confident in what? Squeaking out nine wins every year and falling short of playing in Atlanta? Blowing games at Florida that any decent Pop Warner coach could have won?

Related: Volunteer fans take Butch Jones frustrations to Tennessee’s Rock

We can talk all we want about how Jones inherited a down program from equally unqualified coach Derek Dooley, but that was FIVE YEARS AGO. Seriously, after a certain point that window of excuses closes.

Jones is 1-9 against Florida and Alabama and — despite finishing second in the East last season — the program remains a joke among other SEC fan bases for stupid things like “champions of life” and “five-star heart” that would be far less annoying if they weren’t excuses for coaching lapses.

But yeah, I’m totally stoked for the future of this program under Lyle and company. I love watching 50 QB option plays per game and screens behind the line of scrimmage on 3rd and long.


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