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Posted: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017, 9:14 PM • Permalink
Vol Colonel leads things off on this beautiful Big Orange Tuesday.

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'First off this week I want to congratulate Coach Butch Jones for going up to the ESPN 'Car Wash' yesterday and setting the record straight on last year being a 'disappointing' season. Butch went on to say any time you don't win the SEC East it's a disappointment. Look, I don't know if John Currie had a talk with Butch about this or not. I think it's safe to assume he probably did, but either way, it's refreshing to see him own up to it.

I know some people in the media who have said the Tennessee fans unfairly take Butch to task over every little thing he says, but I think this is an issue Butch brought on himself. Sometimes you can't sugarcoat a turd. Nobody wants to hear excuses and when you don't own up to things It's not wise to try and BS your way through them the way Coach Jones has had a long history of doing. Nobody wants to hear things like life champions and 5 star hearts after you've had your rear end handed to you on the field. Just own it and move on. Had Butch just owned up after losses instead of spewing that crap, nobody would be taking him to task over his words.

We want to feel like we're all in this together. If the vast majority of your fan base thinks we've had a disappointing season, then you better be damn disappointed too. Nobody is saying you can't accentuate the positives, but when you are the overwhelming favorite to win the SEC East and you blow the opportunity to reach that goal, not once, but twice, against South Carolina and Vanderbilt, it just doesn't sit well not saying it was a disappointing season.

Like I said last week, I want to love this coach. I do appreciate his passion and I certainly appreciate his work ethic and the time he puts into this job. This job is a pressure cooker. You've got a rich tradition and history here. You have a hungry fan base that wants to see this thing get back to winning championships. Your success here should never be based on what Lane Kiffin or Derek Dooley did with it. Success here should be based on what coaches like the General, Doug Dickey, Johnny Majors and Phillip Fulmer did with it. Those are the guys you have to measure up to! Those great coaches set the bar!

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I really think John Currie can play a huge role with his guidance and leadership where Coach Butch Jones is concerned. John understands where the bar is set here. I don't think Dave Hart ever understood it, or he just didn't care. He certainly never tried to reel in Butch when he needed reeling in or needed some sound advice.

I think Butch would love to be here a good fifteen years. I think his legacy is very important to him and I think he truly loves it here. Slowly, but surely, I think Butch is learning his way through it here. Most of his 'buddies' are no longer on the staff. He's gone outside the box when bringing in a host of new coaches from Brady Hoke to Kevin Beard. He's finally gone out and hired a real QB coach in Mike Canales. He seen how it backfired when he tried to go along with his players and got rid of our old strength and conditioning coach. He seen that huge mistake and quickly rendered that problem by hiring a guy like Rock Gullikson. He didn't go the retread route when it came to hiring an offensive coordinator. I'm glad he promoted Larry Scott up to the position. I think I would've lost it had he gone out and brought somebody like Al Borges in here. No offense to Auburn, but you can keep Big Al.

Short of the gibberish that comes out Coach Jones mouth, it certainly looks to me like he's making all the right moves. Like I said, I have faith in John Currie to help Butch along the way when it comes to knowing what's expected and what not to say around here. Now, if things can just come together on the field, I think we can truly unite as a fan base and get behind this thing like never before.

I guarantee you if we were to go out there and win the East this year all that 5 star hearts and life champions crap could be put to rest forever. When I look around the East I think it's as wide open as it's been for the past couple of years. I don't see any clear cut favorite to win this side of the SEC this season.

I think we have as much talent as Florida and Georgia. The recruiting over the last 4 years says so. There's no way our defense will be as sorry as last year and you'd have to think there's no way we could get anywhere near the number of injuries we had last season.

Maybe flying under the radar will be just what the doctor ordered this year. I think we've got two really good quarterbacks and if that situation is handled correctly that could be a huge plus for us. Certainly Josh Dobbs would appear to be a huge hole to fill, but we've got two QB's here that could really change the dynamic of this offense. Both of these guys, Dormady and Guarantano have a better arm than Dobbs. If they can stretch the field with the passing game, it's only going to open things up for John Kelly and Ty Chandler. The offensive line should be an asset this season. They've got a lot of experience and newcomer Trey Smith looks like he's the real deal.

I think there's a lot to be optimistic about this season. I just don't see anything abysmal about it. I really don't see all the doom and gloom that's been written about us in the national press. I understand it and I believe a lot of that is based on what we did the last couple of years by not winning the East, but this is a new season.

I'm going into this year with my cup half full. I don't want to be miserable and go into this season wanting to see this coach get fired. I'm going to hold out hope for the best and if it doesn't happen, then we can worry about finding someone else to captain the ship. I can probably live with 8 regular season wins this year, though certainly I want more. 8 is probably the fault line for me. If it's a 7-5 regular season then I'll be on board with making a change, but I think we'll do better than that. Maybe this is the year we get surprised.

If you have any questions or comments for me, you can find me on Twitter @TheVolColonel or you can drop me a line at

Have a Great Day and Go Big Orange!

Your Vol Colonel'

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VC With Great Observations On Butch Jones! The real truth on him is that he just wants to be liked so much that he sometimes misses the mark. Sometimes I get the feeling that fumes from the energy bus could be noxious. Look, I'm on stage a lot and many times what I intend to say doesn't come out properly. And once Jones said it last week he was forced to double down. Also, I credit John Currie for getting him in line with the proper message for this fan base. Put it this way, Currie is a savvy guy. He reads this space. His antenna is up. He knows the score.

In 2016 Jones probably would've gone to Bristol and doubled down. As it was this time around he gave us all some hope with his mea culpa to the fans. Few Tennessee fan wants a coach that refuses to keep it somewhat real. It's just not in the DNA here. Though words are hollow, they're all we have in July as we look to football season. Therefore, what he says right now matters. Today I stand with you VC in applauding what Butch said. He may have been a week late in answering the 'disappointed' question properly but better late than never. Maybe this is showing us two things. And again, I'm guessing Currie got to him on this. Maybe Jones is malleable and will change. Perhaps this will portend for the football season to come in a positive way for this Tennessee football program. We can only hope.

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Good To Be Hart-Less Vol Colonel's point about Dave Hart is right on the money. He never cared what you thought. He had disdain for the common fan. None of this mattered. He wasn't managing Butch Jones on the PR front because he was his own PR nightmare. Do you think Dave Hart cares one iota for Tennessee or how the team fares this year? Get real. This place seemed like a golden parachute for him. Nothing more and nothing less.

Longevity Has Its Place... I don't know about the 15 years Vol Colonel talked about but I do think that barring a collapse Jones is going to get at least 6. I just don't buy the narrative that he comes into this season in a win or else mode. My reasoning is simple. John Currie is savvy. Why would he want to come in and fire a football coach in his inaugural season as AD? He doesn't. For two reasons. For one thing, it would be hard to attract the right candidate if they thought you had an itchy trigger finger. Besides the longer Currie goes with Butch the more money he can bank with a coach that wasn't hired by him. Simply put, Butch is on Dave Hart's resume while Currie is on UT's dime. Not a bad deal right there.

Not What I Say But... I'm with the Vol Colonel on not judging Butch on what he says. Everything that happens on the field this fall is all the conversation we need. Until then all we have are words but his hires have been seemingly stellar.

Welcome The Unknown: Tennessee's prospects this season are what makes college football such an excellent pursuit. This group could be boom or bust but they're going to be a lot of fun to watch. And I'm with the Vol Colonel. Right now, I'm feeling like 9 wins. Now that could change depending on what happens in camp but I feel an uptick coming in 2017.


MOSTLY; WE ARE WHAT WE THINK WE ARE: I often hear it said that Tennessee’s best seasons come when the least is expected and worst come after high preseason expectations. Heck, I’ve said it myself and set out to prove it to be the case....




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