Troll job or good friend? Butch Jones texted John Currie after AD’s removal from Vols search

Thousands of text messages sent to and from former Tennessee AD John Currie became public record this week, and there’s one from ex-coach Butch Jones that raises an eyebrow.

Jones sent Currie a text message the day after his former boss was removed as Tennessee’s athletic director. It said, simply, “Just wanted u to know I was thinking of u.”

And here’s a screenshot, courtesy of David Cobb:

That’s a brilliant troll job, if that’s how Jones meant it. He wasn’t always the most self-aware at Tennessee, so it’s difficult to say whether or not he was taking a jab at Currie.

There are really only two scenarios here, and there’s reason to believe both of them. Let’s break it down.

Butch Jones was just being a good friend

By all accounts, Jones was respectful toward the people he worked and interacted with at Tennessee. Sending a text like this with ill-intent would be a complete departure from that reputation.

Jones may not hold any ill-will toward Currie and the Tennessee athletic department at all. He knows Tennessee is a job you have to win at, and he didn’t win enough — especially in year five. His situation was unfortunate and it unraveled quickly, but the Vols didn’t have much of a choice.

On the other hand…

Butch Jones was definitely trolling

It’s very possible Jones was frustrated by his firing and wanted to rub it in when Currie met the same fate. The biggest problem with thinking the text was just a moment shared amongst old friends, is that Currie and Jones had only worked together for less than a year at this point. The Vols hired Currie in February of 2017 and Jones was fired the following November.

Second, there  is reason to believe Jones was very upset immediately after his firing. He reportedly called then-Tennessee commit Tanner Ingle and said, “to find a place to go, quickly.” Ingle ended up signing with North Carolina State.

Whether Jones was trolling or just being a remarkably nice human being, we may never know the truth.

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