Tennessee football coach Butch Jones appeared at the Memphis Touchdown Club on Monday night and addressed the speculation about his job security with the Vols.
“That’s part of being a head football coach, (and) I think that comes with the territory,” Jones told Memphis ABC affiliate WATN-24. “That’s nonsense, but it’s out there.
“You put blinders on and you go to work each and every day.”
Tennessee (3-2) is coming off a 41-0 whitewash at the hands of No. 5-ranked Georgia (5-0) on Saturday at Neyland Stadium. It was the worst shutout defeat in the history of Neyland Stadium.
Jones said after the loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday that the Vols will practice in pads during this bye week, and he said his team was being tested by the adversity they face.
Jones is in his 11th year as a head coach at the FBS level — five at Tennessee. He has not been fired from a job before, and Jones seemed confident his position with Tennessee is secure.
“We have a great passionate fanbase and they are very, very loyal, and we’re working hard each and every day,” Jones said. “It’s a long, long football season, and the coaching staff, the players, we understand that.
“There’s seven games left to be played, and there’s a lot out there to play for. We just have to stay the course and continue to work each and every day.”
Tennessee is looking to finish in the AP Top 25 for what would be a third consecutive season — something that hasn’t happened since 1997-1999.
The Vols are also riding a three-game bowl win streak, which is the longest since Peyton Manning quarterbacked the team (1994-1997).
Butch Jones @ Touchdown Club of Memphis tonight. On dealing w/ job security talk: “You put blinders on & you go to work each & every day.” pic.twitter.com/VyuE5nYyZ9
— Jessica Benson (@Local24Jessica) October 3, 2017
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