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WATCH: Butch Jones goes off on Tennessee media about “drama” and “fake news”

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A lot of fans are frustrated with Mark Stoops after Saturday’s loss to Florida, but let’s sit back for a minute and be thankful we don’t have to deal with Butch Jones.

The Tennessee head coach’s seat is blazing hot after his team’s lackluster 17-13 win over Massachusetts, and instead of accepting responsibility for his team’s problems like Stoops did, he instead chose to go off on the media. When asked about the nature of Shy Tuttle’s injury (there were rumors of a fight in practice), Butch went on a two-minute rant, telling reporters that “the negativity is overwhelming,” and “enough is enough.” He was so upset he even dropped a “fake news.”

From 247 Sports:

“I think we have to understand what do we want out of our media. This place with the drama, and again, these are kids and I think we all have children and we’re all adults. Are we focused on Tennessee football from a recruiting standpoint, from all the positive things we’ve done, from all the positive things this football program brings to the community, this great fan base? Are we in the reality world of TV?

“I think all of us as human have to self-check ourselves, and you may not like that answer, but I’m a father, I have three boys and I think we sometimes have to put ourselves in a role of a parent as well. And I understand y’all have jobs to do. My expectations as the head football coach, I’m the caretaker of Tennessee football.

“I’m here to develop and grow the football program, recruit the best possible student-athletes to represent the University of Tennessee and win football games and graduate our players. That’s my responsibility. I take that very seriously. But also, I love our kids and I’m going to protect our players and I’m going to protect our programs. Sometimes the negativity is overwhelming.

“If everyone is Vols fans, how do we let our opponents use this in the recruiting process with fake news? Sometimes, again, we have to check ourselves. What are we here for? What’s our values and principles that guide our life every single day? And I appreciate everyone in this room.

“You guys have a job to do, and I’m respectful of that. I’m friends with a lot of you guys in the room and I appreciate it, but there comes a certain time where enough is enough. Thank you. You guys have a great day. I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday and Go Vols.”

It’s hard to believe that five years ago, Jones was a candidate for the Kentucky job. Now, there’s a legitimate chance he won’t be Tennessee’s head coach once the Vols come to Lexington next month.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

10 Comments for WATCH: Butch Jones goes off on Tennessee media about “drama” and “fake news”

  1. Dragon
    5:43 pm September 25, 2017 Permalink

    Not sure that he went off. I can see where he would be frustrated about the media adding fuel to the fire of a program that may be dismantling internally. The media is not quality journalism. Everybody wants the big story or big reaction. Kinda pathetic

    • BigBlueSkyDog
      8:09 pm September 25, 2017 Permalink

      Agree. Dude is frustrated obviously but this is barely a rant and not so newsworthy. However I also agree that I’m happier with Stoops than Jones.

    • Luether
      12:22 am September 26, 2017 Permalink

      Agree. Journalism is dead – with the exception of KSR, of course…

  2. BluKudzu
    6:12 pm September 25, 2017 Permalink

    Can you imagine if Butch Jones came out of two timeouts and his defense left two receivers wide open? Can you imagine Tennessee not having enough players on the field or too many? Can you imagine Butch Jones would keep his job, if 1/3 into the season, we cant get a center snap functioning correctly?
    He would have been fired immediately after the game if he turned in an effort, like we did, against Florida.

    • Graczyk
      7:03 pm September 25, 2017 Permalink


    • Chuck Norris
      7:33 pm September 25, 2017 Permalink

      Congratulations, you are now a poster child for the worst kind of fan. Please, please, take your allegiances elsewhere because we don’t need your stupid a** bringing us down.

  3. AwesomeBillFromDawsonville
    7:19 pm September 25, 2017 Permalink

    ^^ This guy poops after he showers.

  4. BluKudzu
    7:43 pm September 25, 2017 Permalink

    Just making an observation. It was legitimate. What do you think would happen to Butch?

  5. dgtuk
    8:44 pm September 25, 2017 Permalink

    i dont like Butch Jones and i would much rather have Mark Stoops but I would also like to have a titles to articles that are honestly reflective of the content. Hyperbole to say Butch Jones “went off” on the media but it worked I watched :).