We live in a fast food type of world, where we want success and we don’t want to wait around for it.
That’s extremely evident in the world of sports. Coaches are getting less time than ever to prove they’re the right man for the job.
If you haven’t found success by your second or third year, you’ll be out the door and the next best thing will be rolled into town.
Despite this way of thinking, there are still coaches that look at their first year as a “throwaway year”.
Everyone knows it’s not realistic for any coach to rebuild a program in their first year. Some coaches, like Tennessee’s coach prior to Butch Jones, refer to that first year as “year zero”.
I don’t have to tell you that isn’t the proper way to view your first year, you already know that.
And now so does Derek Dooley, but I digress.
If you’re a Tennessee fan, you don’t have to worry about that with Butch Jones.
Butch Jones talks a lot about “the process” and all that goes into building Tennessee into a championship program.
But for all the talk about the process, Jones readily admits that he wants success now.
Jones: I am as impatient as any body. I want it now, but we are building great depth.
Butch Jones wants success now as much as any Vol fan out there. In fact he wants it more.
Jones came into this season expecting to beat teams like Oregon, Florida, Georgia and Alabama. Even if wasn’t necessarily a realistic goal, he didn’t make any excuses.
That’s a point he made abundantly clear after Tennessee’s loss to Oregon.
Jones: Losing will never ever be tolerated here or accepted at the University of Tennessee and it’s unacceptable. You can search for all the excuses that you want, but winning is a habit and losing is a habit and it’s unacceptable.
That desire to win. That kind of passion and determination. That is what it takes to lead a program to greatness. That’s what Butch Jones is instilling in his team.
He knows the deck is stacked against him this season. He knows the lack of talent on the roster. He knows all about the historically tough schedule the Vols are going up against. Yet he hasn’t used any of those things as an excuse for losing a football game.
Butch Jones has a lot of desirable traits — passion and dedication to name a few — but the one that might help him find immediate success at Tennessee might be the most non-obvious of them all — impatience.