Butch Jones seems to have the Tennessee Volunteers moving in the right direction after back-to-back seasons with a 9-4 record. However, that type of mark isn’t always acceptable in Knoxville (even after a 12-13 start on the job) and Jones is seemingly headed toward the hot seat if things don’t go well in 2017. With that in mind, Tennessee AD John Currie threw some fuel on the fire this week.
David Cobb of the Chattanooga Times Free Press brings word from Currie in saying that the two sides “have not had any specific conversations” about a contract extension. For the sake of context, Jones is under contract through the 2020 season but, in the same breath, Currie is a new boss for the head coach and an extension would seemingly ease tensions in Knoxville.
Later, Currie did end things on a positive note with regard to Jones’ status.
“We’ve had a lot of conversations about our program. But we’re really focused on getting ready for the season, doing a great job in recruiting — as he is doing — and getting to know each other. I’m thrilled. I couldn’t be more pleased with being able to work with Coach Jones. He cares so much.”
This is, quite obviously, a very important season for Jones and his staff, as expectations are through the roof yet again. At some point, the Vols are going to have to meet them under Jones’ leadership and, if they don’t, he won’t be there anymore.