INDIANAPOLIS — While the majority of the questions at his NFL combine press conference surrounded his name being mentioned in a federal lawsuit, Curt Maggitt also spoke about why Butch Jones is the right coach for Tennessee.
Over the past couple of weeks, there’s been a lot of talk surrounding the culture at Tennessee. Several current and former Volunteers have been arrested, but Maggit believes Jones has done a good job turning the program around.
“First off, starting with the mental aspect,” Maggitt said of Jones’ most important change he’s created while at Tennessee. “Guys understanding the standard and the expectation — not looking at what football can do for them, but what you can do for the university to make it a better place. Coach Jones and I had a lot of talks, and he’s helped me a lot. He’s helped me become a better man, a better leader and helped me have a better outlook on life. I’m grateful for him.”
Since Jones has gotten to Tennessee, there have been high expectations for the Volunteers to reach that next level and get back to competing for SEC and national championships. Maggitt says Jones has placed Tennessee on the brink of reaching its potential.
“It starts with talent and recruiting, and he’s the guy to do it,” Maggitt said. “He’s building a great foundation to know the standard for what it takes to be a Tennessee Volunteer.”