Butch Jones has a tough task this season. He has to replace a lot of talent and live up to great expectations set by the Tennessee fan base.
The Tennessee football coach went 9-4 for the second consecutive season, but it was a disappointing 9-4 given that the Volunteers were pegged to win the SEC East. While Jones did have a breakthrough by beating Florida, losses to South Carolina and Vanderbilt undid most of goodwill Jones built. The Vanderbilt loss likely cost Tennessee a spot in the Sugar Bowl.
In 2017, Jones will have to replace star defensive end Derek Barnett and quarterback Josh Dobbs. As for who might replace Dobbs, it’s a competition between Jarrett Guarantano and Quinten Dormady.
The Vols have a tough 2017 schedule, as they’ll open the season in a game against Georgia Tech on Sept. 4 in Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Tennessee’s SEC West foes this year are Alabama and LSU. Winning the SEC East will be no small task for Jones this year.
An SEC East title would greatly help Jones, especially in the eyes of the fans. In SEC Country’s first approval rating poll, Jones had a 65.5 percent approval rating. That was last among the SEC East coaches and 12th overall in the conference.
Overall in his four seasons in Knoxville, Jones is 30-21 and 14-18 in the SEC with three consecutive bowl wins.
Jones reportedly made $4.1 million in 2016.
Vote on Butch Jones’ approval rating
The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.