Oct 14, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones speaks with media during the announcement that the Tennessee Volunteers and Virginia Tech Hokies will play a football game on Sep. 10, 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Butch Jones Inspiring cliches

From The Tennessean

Butch Jones says he knows some people think his slogans are “corny.”

But the ability of the Tennessee coach to take a familiar cliché and shape it into something more meaningful might be better described as remarkable.

Such is Jones’ motivational prowess that in the pivotal moments of theVols’ 23-21 victory over South Carolina on Saturday, players on the sidelines were yelling about inches.

Football is a “game of inches,” as every coach from Pop Warner leagues to the NFL has reminded player over the years, but Jones took the maxim to a more literal level in the days before the South Carolina game.


From the Times Free Press

The celebrating ended pretty early for Ja’Wuan James.

Two minutes before 9 on Sunday morning, less than 18 hours after Tennessee upset then-No. 11 South Carolina for the program’s first win against a ranked opponent in four years, the Volunteers senior right tackle posted the following message on his Twitter account.

“Snap & clear on to [the] next one. Alabama week.”

For the first time, the Vols are taking on first-year coaoch Butch Jones’ snap-and-clear mantra following major success.

It probably helps that the challenge is a visit to Alabama, the two-time defending national champion, the king of college football.



UT’s big upset over South Carolina still had people talking on Monday. Many fans feel the Vols are heading in the right direction, and may even upset other ranked teams in the future.

UT’s defensive and offensive coordinators spoke to the Quarterback Club at Calhoun’s on Monday.

Members of the club say they are happy with the direction the team is going.

“I see us going nowhere but up,” said club member Dr. Bill Powell. “I think Butch Jones is truly the man for our program. I’m glad he is here.”

Many people 6 News spoke with say Coach Jones is the real reason the Vols are improving.


From CBS Sports

Of all the folks in the state of Tennessee who celebrated the Vols upsetting No. 11 South Carolina Saturday, ending UT’s 19-game losing skid against ranked opponents, I suspect none were any happier than Marlon Walls.

“I am still in disbelief,” Walls said after the game. “We have been in a lot of situations like this when we should have won. Our love for Coach Jones and each other pushed us through the day. Last game showed that we could play with any team that we want.”

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