ESPN names Tennessee the country’s ‘most intriguing’ hot-seat situation
It’s no surprise that some consider Tennessee coach Butch Jones to be facing pressure this season.
But one ESPN writer views Jones’ situation to be the “most intriguing” among the country’s hot-seat possibilities.
In a piece published Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg argues that Jones “needs to show more for new athletic director John Currie” in 2017. It will be interesting to see what comes of Tennessee this season, after the Vols completed their second consecutive 9-4 campaign last year following big expectations entering the fall. Jones is 30-21 in four seasons with Tennessee.
Here’s part of Rittenberg’s argument.
The Vols have recorded three consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 12 years, and consecutive Top 25 finishes for the first time in nine years. But without a title in a winnable SEC East Division, Jones needs to show more for new athletic director John Currie.
For what it’s worth, Rittenberg considers Jones’ situation to be more intriguing than Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, Arizona State’s Todd Graham, Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury, Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn, UCLA’s Jim Mora and North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren.
The SEC East is wide open, so it’s possible for Tennessee to beat lower expectations this season. But it’s clear that Jones must win in a hurry to quiet his critics.