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.”
“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.
Butch's full comments to the media at the end of his presser today: pic.twitter.com/sSuQYE1lv6
— Emily Proud (@emprosports) September 25, 2017