Butch Jones understands the expectations. Still, Tennessee’s coach isn’t particularly fond of what’s happening in his college football.
In his first public comments since UGA coach Mark Richt’s departure on Sunday, Jones expressed concern over the growing rates of coaching turnover in college football.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Richt, both as a football coach and as a human being,” Jones said during a press conference on Tuesday”… I’m concerned (with) the path that we’re heading down right now.”
UGA parted ways with Richt after a nine-win regular season. He is in his 15th season with the Bulldogs.
While football programs across the nation are experiencing unprecedented turnover, nothing is changing at Tennessee.
That may seem a bit odd since the Vols have been known for their high rate of attrition at the head coach position since 2008. From that season to 2013, Tennessee had four different head coaches. Now, there seems to be some stability in Knoxville, Tenn. as Jones wraps up his third regular season.
“I’ve stated it very clearly, Tennessee is a place I want to be,” Jones said. “My family loves it here. … I’m a big believer in loyalty and right now Tennessee is where I’m extremely happy. This is home to me and this is home to my family.”
While Jones may be content, the coaching carousel continues to circle round. Once head coaches are hired, they’ll need assistants. Tennessee’s coaches will likely be approached by potential suitors. Several on Tennessee’s staff are highly respected recruiters, which is always in demand.
“When they get phone calls, that’s a compliment to the program,” Jones said. “Everyone around the country understands what we’re building here, the progress that we’ve made so far. So to me, I take that as a compliment.”