Alabama players give former Tennessee coach Butch Jones a hard time about owning rivalry against Vols
During Butch Jones’ tenure at Tennessee, Alabama players got to smoke celebratory cigars at his expense as tradition mandates for winners of the annual rivalry game.
Despite Jones now serving as an analyst on the Crimson Tide’s coaching staff, his players don’t let him forget it.
“We kind of joke with him about the whole situation,” Alabama running back Josh Jacobs said with a laugh in a YouTube video posted by AL.com. “He’s never smoked a cigar before, so we try to make that a goal of his.”
Jones coached at Tennessee from 2013-2017 but was unable to reverse the Volunteers’ fortunes in the Third Saturday in October rivalry. The Crimson Tide, which had claimed six straight games prior to Jones’ tenure, won all five during that span by an average of more than 26 points per game.
Now Jones is on the other side of the rivalry, which will be rekindled when Tennessee (3-3, 1-2 SEC) hosts No. 1 Alabama (7-0, 4-0) at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
If the Crimson Tide keeps its winning streak going, you can bet players will make sure Jones takes a puff of a victory cigar.