After Tennessee’s putrid performance against Georgia on Saturday, head coach Butch Jones’ seat is hotter than ever, with many Volunteer fans calling for his job.
What typically gets lost in those conversations, however, is the matter of a coach’s buyout, despite the fact that that amount weighs heavily into any athletic director’s decision to firing a coach before his contract is up. Tennessee AD John Currie is no exception, and he is undoubtedly aware of Jones’ substantial buyout, a reported $9.2 million were Tennessee to fire Jones tomorrow, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell:
$9.2 million: What Tennessee owes Butch Jones if it fired him tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/FUKprzRJSr
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 30, 2017
Obviously, that is an incredible amount of money to pay a guy not to coach your football team, and Currie might be hesitant to let Jones go considering what he’s owed. Regardless, this is certain to be a factor in his decision — if there is indeed one to be made in the near future.
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