Butch Jones calls last two seasons 'some of the best' in the last 20 years
Tennessee coach Butch Jones has said some questionable things during his tenure at the helm of the storied program.
However, on a recent episode of 3HL, Jones said something that was very questionable, saying the past two years have been some of the best for the Vols in the last 20 years.
The host asked a question about Jones’s “fake news” rant earlier this week:
“Coach, you expressed some pretty strong thoughts to the media crew at the end of your press conference on Monday, what prompted you to make those statements?”
Jones then issued a response that included a strange and strongly debatable statement about the past two seasons:
“I’ve already addressed that and it’s on to Georgia, but again, I’m the caretaker of Tennessee football and I’m responsible for all of our parents; I’m responsible for all of our players; I’m responsible for the future with the recruiting of our student-athletes, and I’m responsible for that,” he said. “And sometimes I have to step up as the leader and protect this football program.
“We have a lot of great things going on right now. We’re experiencing the last three years — the last two years have been some of the best years in the last 20 years of Tennessee football. This is my life, and this is our coaches’ life. And again, we take everything very very serious here. But I addressed it; it’s over with and have a lot of respect for the media and everything they bring to the table. But now it’s all hands on deck and finishing the week off the right way for a great Georgia football team.”
As CBS Sports reporter Barrett Sallee points out, the Vols have won a national title, two SEC titles and five SEC East championships in the last 20 years, none of which have come under Jones’s leadership:
1997-2017 includes a national title, two SEC titles and five SEC East titles
None of those under Butch Jones. https://t.co/uKzcNgIvoG
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) September 29, 2017
That’s not to say the last two years under Jones have been bad, but clearly the program has accomplished a lot in the last 20 years that the embattled coach seems to have forgotten about.