Tennessee entered 2016 as the overwhelming favorite to win the SEC East, and some even expected the Volunteers to contend for the national title. A three-game October losing skid, however, dashed those dreams.
But Tennessee coach Butch Jones still considers his players champions, he said during a Monday news conference.
Jones on this senior class: "They’ve won the biggest championship – that’s the championship of life”
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) November 21, 2016
Jones’ comment seem oddly timed, especially after Florida locked up the SEC East last weekend. Though the Vols could be in line for a Sugar Bowl appearance, the quote produced some pretty great reactions on social media.
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) November 21, 2016
— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) November 21, 2016
Alabama hears Butch Jones quote, attempts to tabulate how many Life Championships they can claim
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 21, 2016
The fact that Butch Jones didn’t realize how terribly that stupid cliche would play publicly says a lot about Butch Jones. https://t.co/s0WgfkGJKu
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) November 21, 2016
Tennessee needs to be the first team to ever fire its coach after going to the Sugar Bowl.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 21, 2016
Tennessee fans watching Butch's press conference pic.twitter.com/y78FG4wlJU
— O&W Report (@OandWReport) November 21, 2016
Whoever added this bottom part to Butch Jones’ Wikipedia page is my Hero of the Day… pic.twitter.com/uOZVyUM3ys
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) November 21, 2016
@rockytopinsider do they get rings for that championship?
— LOL WE SUCK (@thomasnhill_) November 21, 2016
@rockytopinsider They've "won" life at 22 years old?
— Justin Rader (@PastorJustinR) November 21, 2016
Congrats Seniors! pic.twitter.com/dVN4aTPeIu
— John Monroe (@MinisterofD) November 21, 2016
— Emilyn Wilson (@emmylynn94) November 21, 2016
@rockytopinsider not even outta college and they won life already, gotta be some sort of record
— Kyle Kozak (@KJbaseball20) November 21, 2016