The hype surrounding Tennessee football was at an all-time high heading into last season, with many picking the Volunteers to win the SEC East and contend with Alabama for conference supremacy.
Those expectations weren’t met and Butch Jones’ squad finished 9-4, well short of the goals set out for the Volunteers. If one SEC Network analyst is correct, things won’t get any better for Tennessee this season.
“I think Tennessee is going to be abysmal,” Booger McFarland said Monday at SEC Media Days. “I think the people at Tennessee are going to have to make a decision at end of year.”
That decision would be whether the program is in good hands with Jones, who has disappointed in his four seasons in Knoxville, posting a 30-21 record. New athletic director John Currie will be the one who will decide Jones’ future.
This pivotal season for Jones will start out with a tough test in Atlanta on Labor Day when the Volunteers take on Georgia Tech. Trips to Florida and Alabama along with visits from Georgia and LSU will make for a challenging schedule.
If McFarland is correct in his assessment, Tennessee might be looking for its fourth coach since national championship-winning coach Phillip Fulmer was fired in 2008.