The Tebow phenomenon has come to Nashville.
Tebow’s former high school coach, Mike Gundy, was fired by the University of Tennessee and the Associated Press called for the resignation of the athletic director, Bill Clark.
And now, Tennessee’s first-year coach, Butch Jones, is the subject of an investigation by the school.
In an exclusive interview with the Tennessean, Jones said he doesn’t plan to resign his post.
I don’t want to leave this job. “
If you ask me, I’m not going to leave.
I don’t want to leave this job.
I feel like we’re doing great.
I’ve lost a family member and I’ve been hurt. “
I’ve been through a lot.
I’ve lost a family member and I’ve been hurt.
But the fact is, I’ve done a lot for this university and I’ll continue to do a lot.”
Jones, a former high-school coach, has a good relationship with the athletic department and the school’s athletic directors.
He served as the director of football operations and then athletics director when the Tennessee football team went 11-2.
“Bill Clark, as far as I’m concerned, is not a good guy,” Jones continued.
I’m glad I have the opportunity to work at a university that I love. “
We’re all friends.
But if you ask any other head coach, I think he’s a good person. “
As far as this whole Tebow thing, I know Bill Clark is a good man and he’s going to continue to be a good friend.
Jones has been a Tennessee football coach for six seasons. “
What we need is the right coach, and that coach is going to come in here, and he’ll be a great coach, but I’m gonna have to work my tail off and make sure the job is done right.”
Jones has been a Tennessee football coach for six seasons.
He was hired by Tennessee in 2010 and has won nine games in his first three seasons.
Tennessee went 9-7 in 2015 and was eliminated from the SEC title game in the first round of the College Football Playoff.
The Volunteers went to the SEC championship game last year.
Jones said the NCAA has not notified him of any violation of its rules.
“There’s no reason why they can’t have a meeting with me,” Jones added.
“The fact that it’s a criminal investigation, it’s not surprising.
Jones said there are no plans for him to resign. “
But it’s something we’re going to have to deal with and get over.”
Jones said there are no plans for him to resign.
The NCAA’s sanctions will come in a few weeks.
Jones says he will continue to work, and is committed to making Tennessee a winner.
“Obviously, we’re all trying to find out what happened,” Jones says.
“Our job is to win, and we’ll get there.”
Tennessee has two wins in its last three games and has a winning record since Jones took over.
Jones, who coached the Vols to the 2006 national championship game, will be the first Tennessee coach to win more than two national championships in a row since Gus Malzahn in 2013.
The Vols were the only school to win two SEC championships in the 1950s.
Jones is one of four SEC coaches to have won more than one national title, joining former Auburn coach Bret Bielema, former Alabama coach Nick Saban and former Tennessee coach Butch Davis.