Tennessee coach Butch Jones had a message for Volunteer fans during his Vol Calls radio show, Wednesday: Be patient.
Jones: "It takes six to seven years in the SEC to really build a program." Goes through positions where they are short on depth.
— Dustin Dopirak (@TennesseeBeat) November 5, 2015
Even the most loyal fans may not want to hear that it could take Tennessee that long to be an SEC mainstay. Most are expecting the Vols to be an SEC title contender in 2016.
In Jones’ two full recruiting cycles at Tennessee, the Vols secured two top-10 recruiting classes. Tennessee’s 2015 class was ranked No. 4 in the nation, and its 2014 class came in at No. 7 nationally, per 247sports.
Tennessee is 4-4 this season with heartbreaking losses to Oklahoma, Florida and Arkansas. Jones is 16-17 overall and 7-14 in the SEC since being hired following the 2012 season.