Butch Jones fires back at article that labeled UT culture a 'disaster'
Tennessee coach Butch Jones is predictably unhappy about a 247Sports article that said the current Rocky Top “culture is a disaster,” and he’s taking it personally.
Butch on the 247 article from last week: I don't stand for anybody attacking our program. I take that personally and we take it personally.
— Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownTFP) December 13, 2016
Jones on the recent 247Sports article: "It’s untrue. It’s very unfortunate. I take that personally. I know our players take that personal"
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) December 13, 2016
The Travis Haney article, in which he states 247Sports talked to “dozens of former and current coaches, players and administrators at Tennessee,” painted a picture of many starting to doubt Jones’ vision of building UT into a championship program, a promise he made when hired in December 2012.
“Butch is not very comfortable in his own skin,” one source told Haney. “Until he has that, he’ll just never be a great coach. He’s not comfortable in his own skin in recruiting, play-calling, organization … He’s great in a small setting, but he’s just not a comfortable guy.”
Perhaps the most damning line came from the source who relayed issues with the culture.
“The culture is a disaster,” a current Vols staffer said.
While Jones is understandably frustrated by the article, he is likely even more frustrated that a number of his staffers and players were willing to speak negatively to 247Sports.