PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Steve Spurrier is retired, but the former coach has his pulse on an old rival’s situation.
Speaking to SEC Country on Friday at TPC Sawgrass before Danny Wuerffel’s Desire Cup, Spurrier was asked what he thinks about Butch Jones’ standing at Tennessee after the Vols coach has come under massive hot-seat pressure following Tennessee’s 3-4 start.
“Obviously, they’re probably going to make a change,” Spurrier said. “But if he wins two or three in a row, maybe they don’t. So just time will tell. He may win two or three in a row.”
The Vols have lost three consecutive games and four of their last five. They play at Kentucky on Saturday, a game that SEC Country’s Mike Griffith reported is “critical” to Jones’ future in Knoxville.
Of course, Spurrier had plenty of experience coaching against Tennessee as Florida’s coach from 1990 to 2001. He also coached at South Carolina from 2005 to 2015. Both the Gators and Gamecocks beat the Volunteers this season. But Tennessee’s schedule looks more manageable in the coming weeks with games against Southern Miss, Missouri, LSU and Vanderbilt after the Kentucky contest.
Jones is 33-25 since becoming Tennessee’s coach before the 2013 campaign. The Vols won nine games in each of the last two seasons.