Tennessee coach Butch Jones pushed back against the negativity surrounding his program earlier this week.
The Vols have won three of their four games this season, but it hasn’t been easy to this point. A 17-13 win over UMass last Saturday brought a lot of scrutiny onto Jones.
SEC Network analyst Marcus Spears said the expectations from SEC fans have grown to an unreasonable level, according to Ryan Callahan of 247Sports.
“I think the expectations sometimes creates these false narratives for fans,” Spears said Friday on Tennessee’s campus. “I think, when you play in the SEC, you get compared to the people in Tuscaloosa, which is totally unfair.”
Comparing any coach to Nick Saban at Alabama is a tough ask from any fan base.
Jones took over a program in disarray. Tennessee had won two of its 14 SEC games prior to Jones taking over the team.
“Here’s my thing with coaching: This program has progressed from where it was five years ago, four years ago — however long before Butch got here. Now, if this program has taken this step forward and you give Butch time enough — and, depending on who you talk to, how much time is enough time? — this can be a championship-level program that people have grown accustomed to at Tennessee.
“I beg people sometimes to just look at the recent history before you throw ‘fire the coach’ out there and figure out where you were and where you are now. I would much rather be talking about Butch winning games and winning some big games here, as he has done, than to be having the conversations when y’all had Derek Dooley and Lane Kiffin. As a fan, you’ve got to decide what you want.”
Tennessee has won three straight bowl games under Jones and finished with back-to-back 9-win seasons.
The Vols will enter the Georgia game Saturday as a home underdog. The game might not go Tennessee’s way, and the fans animosity could grow.
Spears seems to believe Jones has the Vols on the right track, though.
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