KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee’s Butch Jones has changed agents heading into his fifth season as head coach of the Vols.
Tennessee graduate and agent Jimmy Sexton, who represents several other successful coaches — including Alabama’s Nick Saban — has added Jones to his team.
“That’s something that happens in this business,” Jones said at his press conference on Friday.
Sexton’s Top Clients
In addition to Saban, Sexton represents and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and South Carolina’s Will Muschamp, among several others.
Jones did not receive a contract extension after leading the Vols to back-to-back nine win seasons and Top 25 finishes in 2015 and 2016.
Jones makes $4.1 million a year after receiving a $500,000 increase in 2016. His current contract runs through 2020.
Jones’ salary ranks No. 17 in the country, according to USA Today — and sixth in the SEC, after Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze resigned earlier this month.
What John Currie said
Tennessee athletic director John Currie said he had not talked to Jones’ former agent, Trace Armstrong, about a contract extension earlier in the summer.
“We have not had specific conversations about that (new contract), we’ve had a lot of conversations about our program,” Currie said at a Big Orange Caravan stop in Memphis, Tenn. in June.
“We’re really focused on getting ready for the season doing a great job with recruiting, as he’s doing, and getting to know each other. We spend a lot of time a lot of time together, whether it’s me showing up in his office or him showing up in my office.”