Today On Rocky Top: Butch Jones Wants Consistency For Vols


Nov 9, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) passes the ball against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

From The Tennessean

"The big difference at Tennessee this spring is how much has stayed the same.Tennessee coach Butch Jones opens spring practice today with all the same coordinators and position coaches who were with him last year. This marks the first time Tennessee has returned its entire coaching staff intact since 2007, when it went on to reach the Southeastern Conference championship game.That continuity represents a major step forward for a program marked by instability since the 2008 exit of Phillip Fulmer.“It’s huge,” Jones said. “You can’t put a value on it because it’s so significant. You win with consistency and continuity, consistency in messaging.”"

From The Times Free Press

"Early-morning arrivals to and late-night departures from the Tennessee football complex often lead to little sleep for Butch Jones, but the question of who will win the Volunteers’ starting quarterback job doesn’t appear to be a source of insomnia for him.With the three-month winter portion of the four-man race to be Tennessee’s starter now complete, Justin Worley, Josh Dobbs, Riley Ferguson and Nathan Peterman enter the next phase of the competition when the Vols open spring practice this afternoon.“We’ll chart and we’ll film and we’ll evaluate everything,” Jones said Thursday at his news conference on the eve of his second spring as the Vols’ coach.“Every rep, like I told them, is a valuable rep,” he added. “You don’t know how many reps you’re going to get, so you better make sure you make the most of every single rep. Every rep is for a championship. Every single rep is to be the starting quarterback."

From  The Daily Times

"The University of Tennessee women’s swim team had 10 individuals and all five relay teams were invited to compete in the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship the NCAA announced Wednesday. UT competitors include: Lindsay Gendron, Molly Hannis, Faith Johnson, Lauren Solernou, Amanda Carner, Anna DeMonte, Lauren Driscoll, Mary Griffith, Christina Leander and Heather Lundstrom. The short course yards championship will be held March 20-22 in Minneapolis."