Clay Travis has an interesting suggestion for Tennessee.
The FOX Sports personality offered a take on Volunteers coach Butch Jones, after Tennessee fell to 5-3 with a surprising loss at South Carolina last Saturday. Travis wrote that he would fire Jones at the end of the season and hire Bobby Petrino, now at Louisville, for $8 million per season.
Here’s part of Travis’ argument:
Put simply, Butch Jones is an 8-4 coach.
And what in the world was he doing at the end of the game? The Vols had the ball with a first down with 18 seconds left at the South Carolina 45 yard line and ran a three yard out to their tight end. Mercifully that pass was incomplete because otherwise the game clock may have run out. But how in the world is that the first play option? Why are you running any pass routes that are under ten yards in length? Then Tennessee gained five yards on a QB scramble and attempted a 58 yard field goal.
A 58 yarder!
Why not just throw the ball into the end zone on a hail mary? The percentage chances of that succeeding, given Jauan Jennings catches everything, is better than a kicker drilling a 58 yarder. What’s more, with a hail mary you win the game as opposed to going to overtime. … The Vols won’t do it, but if I were AD, I’d fire Butch Jones at the end of this year and pay Bobby Petrino $8 million a year to take over at Tennessee.
Can you imagine Petrino at Tennessee?
The thought of Petrino coming back to the SEC, after Arkansas fired him in 2012, is fascinating. Still, Travis is right in saying that the Vols likely won’t consider that advice. There are too many reasons why that’s the case.
For one, as successful as Petrino has been at Louisville since 2014, he likely has too much baggage for an SEC fan base to welcome him with open arms. He would be a tough sell for any athletic director in the conference.
The drama in Knoxville shouldn’t end any time soon. In the coming weeks, we can watch and wait to see what happens to Jones and the direction of Tennessee’s program.