There’s been a ton of news coming out of Tennessee in recent days. And almost none of it was good.
The biggest news was the Jalen Hurd was transferring out of the program. But in the aftershock of that news, there has been questions about Butch Jones.
And Paul Finebaum had some questions about the situation. So he turned to ESPN’s Chris Low for answers. Low covered the Volunteers for a number of years and is still very well plugged into the Tennessee program.
As for what he said, Low commented that Jones and the Tennessee program are at a crossroads right now.
“I think they’re at crossroads,” Low told Finebaum. “I don’t buy that the earth is shaking but clearly there are some issues there. Butch Jones has to be leader, he has to be strong.”
As for the Hurd situation, Low said that the situation had likely been brewing for a while. He also credited the idea that Hurd didn’t fit in the Volunteers scheme.
While Hurd hadn’t had a great season for the Volunteers, reports first came out that he could be on the move after a team meeting on Sunday night. Low backed that argument up.
“I think this has been brewing.” Low said. “In meeting with some of his teammates, if he wasn’t both feet in, it was probably best that he went his separate way.”
Low also spoke about Jones job security. For Jones to potentially lose his job, it would require losses to Vanderbilt and Kentucky. But Low brought up the intersting point that Tennessee’s chancellor and athletic director are both on their way out.
And the situation could get very complicated per Low.
“He’s sort of on an island. They don’t have a chancellor or an AD,” Low said. “Barring a total collapse, he’s not going anywhere.”
The Volunteers have a chance to pick up an easy win this week, as they take on Tennessee Tech.