While some in the media have been critical of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones, that hasn’t slowed him or his recruiting efforts or the start of the Volunteers’ season.
The Volunteers have the top class in the SEC at the moment and the No. 6 class in the country, per the 247Sports composite rankings. That strong start will quell upset fans.
As for the 2017 season, Tennessee hasn’t looked super, but it’s 2-0 heading into a huge game against the rival Florida Gators on Saturday. Quinten Dormady has started the first two games at quarterback and did a great job leading the Volunteers to a comeback win over Georgia Tech to open the season.
The Florida showdown is a huge game if the Volunteers are going to win the SEC East, given that Tennessee’s SEC West foes this season are Alabama and LSU. The Volunteers were picked to finish third in the East by the media at SEC Media Days.
In the past few months, contrary to national media stories, fan support for Jones has grown. In SEC Country‘s previous approval rating poll in July, Jones finished with a 77.1 approval rating. That’s a much better place to be than when he was in the 60s earlier in the year. And that is his highest mark yet.
In four seasons in Knoxville, Jones is 30-21 overall and 14-18 in the SEC, with three consecutive bowl wins.
Jones made $4.1 million in 2016. The Volunteers and Gators kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
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.