KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Butch Jones will be on display via the school’s annual “Big Orange Caravan” this summer.
The trip enables fans to engage with Vols’ coaches, and it will also allow Jones to spend more time getting to know his new athletic director, John Currie.
Jones has done one of the more impressive rebuilding jobs at the Power 5 level over the past four years.
Tennessee first-ballot College Football Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer recently remarked on the job Jones has done, saying he inherited a bad situation.
Jones was more relaxed with media this spring after his team battled through an inordinate amount of injuries last season to a 9-4 record, with wins over rivals Florida and Georgia.
Jones took over a program that was on probation and 2-14 in league games in 2011 and 2012, and brought it back to its modern-day standards with back-to-back Top 25 seasons and its first appearance in the top 10 of the rankings in 10 years.
He did so despite Tennessee going through a very public Title IX lawsuit — more leftover issues that preceded Jones’ arrive — that damaged the school’s national image and hampered recruiting in the ultra-competitive SEC.
Vols’ fans are still hungry for an SEC football championship, having not won one since 1998 — Jones inherited 14 years of negative equity — and Jones is just as anxious to deliver one.
WNML’s Josh Ward and Mike Griffith discuss the Big Orange Caravan, and Tennessee’s award-winning SID staff on today’s podcast
Here’s a look at the dates, times and particulars for the Chattanooga, Memphis and Nashville stops. The Tri-Cities event is still in the planning stages.