Four Reasons Why the Tennessee Vols Should Not Fire Butch Jones

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Sep 1, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones during the first quarter against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 1, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones during the first quarter against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee football fans want Butch Jones gone after losing to the South Carolina Gamecocks. But here are four reasons the Volunteers should keep him.

The Butch Jones haters are out in full force right now. And to be fair to them, it’s justified.

After all, losing to the South Carolina Gamecocks this past Saturday was completely unacceptable. This is not a good team, and there is no reason for Will Muschamp of all people to be 3-0 against Jones and 5-0 all time against the Vols.

It’s an embarrassing stat that Jones deserves plenty of blame for.

Jones also deserves plenty of blame for the Vols being 5-3 right now as opposed to 7-1. And he’s lucky this team is not 3-5 at this point.

So yes, the calls to fire Jones make perfect sense. And given their expectations, it makes sense for

Clay Travis’s periscope rant about Jones pretty much sums up the way many Vols fans feel about situation.

And yes, perhaps making a change at offensive coordinator would help.

But amidst all of that, the immediate calls to fire Butch Jones are a major overreaction. In four years at Tennessee, he has done a lot of good things, and the Vols have still gotten better each year under him.

There is no reason to believe that the sky is still not the limit for this program under Jones. Too often, athletic directors are quick to pull the trigger. Remember, Nick Saban took five years to field a ranked team at Michigan State.

And if you look at what Butch Jones has done with the Tennessee football program, he has earned the right to stay on board.

Sure, the Vols aren’t where fans expected them to be at this point. But they have made a lot of great strides. And Jones has done a lot of good things to warrant staying on board for a couple of more years.

In fact, there are plenty of reasons for Tennessee football not to fire Butch Jones. Here, we’ll take a look at four of them.

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