KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Butch Jones has taken on a lot since being hired as Tennessee’s head coach, both on the field and off the field.
Jones continues to handle more than his fair share of the duties now as the Vols search for an offensive coordinator to replace Mike DeBord.
The 60-year-old DeBord helped direct Tennessee to a record-breaking offensive season before moving back to his home state to be closer to his grandchildren while becoming Indiana’s offensive coordinator.
That’s left Jones will a lot on his plate and very little help with it.
Tennessee’s current athletic director, Dave Hart, has already announced his retirement and is not as involved in the daily activities.
It would seem prudent to appoint former Vols’ coach and first-ballot College Football Hall of Famer to a position to help Jones with coaching searches and offseason transition until the athletic director position could be filled.
But apparently there’s no one in charge capable or willing to make the decision to provide that small investment into the football program to help Jones.
Beverly Davenport, UT’s new chancellor, has a contract that makes her the highest paid leader in school history, but she has remained invisible since being approved by the board of trustees last month.
That’s left a leadership vacuum for Jones to fill, as he does not have the same sort of support and assistance from his administration as most other championship level programs.
Davenport will reportedly be paid $25,000 this month to help her “transition” into the job, but she doesn’t “start work” until Feb. 15, when her eye-popping annual base salary of $585,000 kicks in.
It doesn’t seem like hiring current Chattanooga athletic director David Blackburn to take the Vols’ athletic director position would be too complicated.
UT President Joe DiPietro, however, continues to demonstrate a lack of understanding where the workings of athletic programs are concerned.
SEC country.com’s Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discussed the coaching search and the amount of added responsibilities Jones has had to take on in today’s podcast