The Tennessee Vols lost to the Florida Gators on Saturday afternoon in Gainesville.
The Tennessee Vols played a very, very bad Florida Gators team on Saturday afternoon.
And they lost.
Some folks might look at how the Vols lost and say “well, it was a fluke, it was a last second hail mary”.
But that would be ignoring the fact that Tennessee blew multiple opportunities to put the game away.
First and goal from the one inch line?
Tennessee calls a pass out of the shotgun.
Third and short?
The Vols were the more talented team on the field on Saturday. And the coach across the sideline wasn’t very good.
Butch Jones, however, was worse. Much worse.
I’ve had my doubts about Jones for a while. But I’m an optimist. So I’ve tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. I’ve praise him when he deserved it. He doesn’t deserve it today.
In 2012, I still believed in Derek Dooley after the Vols throttled NC State in the opener. But when they lost to Florida, I knew it was over. The same feeling I have today, I had then.
Jones is a dead man walking. If Tennessee wants to be great again, they’ll go hire Chip Kelly, or Les Miles, or anyone that can put a decent football team on the field.
Sure, Jones has proved he’s a good recruiter. And he’s clearly not as bad as some coaches. But at the end of the day, he’s a gimmick. He’s nothing but cliches. At no point during Jones’ tenure have his teams showed any sort of identity. Every time you watch them play, you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get.
That’s why I think it’s time for Tennessee to cut ties with Jones. Let him go excel in the MAC, because that’s his destiny.
Maybe Larry Scott, the likely interim coach, can rally this team and put together a respectable season.
Because I’m not sure Jones can.
This Florida team was one of the worst Gators teams I’ve ever seen. If Tennessee, who clearly has more talent, can’t beat the 2017 Gators, they’re never going to excel.
If you’re a Vols fan, you deserve better.
Tennessee is one of the most prestigious football programs in the nation, but right now it’s a laughingstock.
Hopefully John Currie will do what’s needed and make the tough decision to end the Butch Jones era in Knoxville.