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Tennessee had a motivational trash can on the sidelines last night and it was perfect

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Tennessee somehow beat Georgia Tech last night, but the real story was a trash can on the Volunteers’ sideline, which became the perfect symbol for the program in Butch Jones’ fifth season.

The trash can — decorated in the Vols’ signature orange and white checkerboard and the motto “HTB” (“Hunt the Ball”) — was meant to motivate the defense to force turnovers. An assistant coach held the trash can in the air when the Vols were on defense, and after forcing a turnover, the Tennessee players came over and dunked the ball into it. It was just as ridiculous as it sounds, and in the long list of Butch Jones’ cheesy gimmicks, by far the worst.

Tennessee may have stolen the win from Georgia Tech, but the Vols gave up 41 points and 655 total yards (535 yards rushing) on 96 plays. As Tennessee struggled, the trash can became an easy target on Twitter:

Again, the Vols got the win, but a trash can? Only Butch Jones would think that’s a good symbol to use for his defense. This is the man that gave us the “brick by brick” metaphor, which Farm Bureau Insurance made into an ad back in 2013:

And who can forget when he told reporters last year that while his seniors may not have won the SEC East, “they’ve won the biggest championship — that’s the championship of life.”

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And then, in February, Butch justified his 17th ranked recruiting class by saying the “only five-star that we even concern ourselves with is a five-star heart.”

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Really, we should have seen the trash can coming. After all, as our favorite Alabama fan said eight years ago, Neyland Stadium is a garbage truck workers’ convention:


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12 responses to “Tennessee had a motivational trash can on the sidelines last night and it was perfect”

  1. rickshelton

    The Alabama fan video is the all-time best fan video. I just love this guy’s passion for his team and against the VOLS.

  2. ClutchCargo

    If we take care of business against them this year, Butch may find himself in that trash can. I know we have a terrible record against them historically, but they don’t scare me after watching them last night.

    1. Eazy

      I think we will.

  3. Eazy

    SEC went 3-0 vs the ACC over the weekend. Bama won a huge game and SC won as an 8 point underdog.

  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    That Bama fan would only have to raise his voice slightly higher to do a spot on Chris Tucker impersonation.

    BTW, he covered the whole gamut didn’t he? “I’m not a dog person.” “I don’t like pumpkins.” lol

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      BTW, he STILL hates Tennessee! You gotta watch this:

  5. maximumscott

    To be honest. That triple option would give many defenses problems. Id rather watch them against a more traditional offense before I make judgement.

    There QB is not that great tho, alot of his passes were 50/50 balls that UT receivers just wanted more than the GT DBs.

    Their RB is legit and as good as they come.

    If GT had a better kicker they would have won.

    UT starting this season like last. Barely winning games and getting the hype built up but we all know its false.

    1. ClutchCargo

      I took that into consideration, and was thinking more about their offense vs our defense. We had no answer at all for their QR in recent years, but he is long gone now. And I trust our D against the run more than I have in a long time.

  6. vkcjsf34

    FYI The HTB stands for “hunt the ball”. The defense is supposed to hunt the ball, create a turnover and then slam dunk the ball in the trash can. Still ridiculously stupid but wanted to correct the meaning of HTB


    1. runningunnin.454

      Hold the ball is their basketball team’s strategy.

    2. ClutchCargo

      Pretty sure in UT’s case, “HTB” stands for “hit that bitch.” I could be wrong, though.