I’m not here to tell you that the majority of college football coaches have great moral fiber. The very nature of the job questions one’s integrity daily.
With millions at stake, it’s hard to be a saint. But Butch Jones apparently took his power to an all-time extreme.
In case you haven’t heard, many were quick to attack Jones, who was fired on Sunday.
Former UT receiver Jayson Swain was quick to call out Jones for his behavior at UT with a tweet soon after the firing was announced. He later deleted the tweet.
Swain tweeted, “My 1st reaction is not happiness. My thoughts immediately go to the former staff members, assts, & former players of Butch Jones. They had their world turned upside down & careers negatively impacted by probably one of the worst Human beings I’ve encountered I️n a long time.”
That’s strong from a former player who propped up Jones for years and made thousands of dollars off “Butch Please” shirts that UT fans probably are using to wash their car right about now. In Jones’ defense, Swain never had been thought of as the jolliest person around the program. Maybe the two had some sort of personal issue, but I tend to believe Swain in this instance.
Remember what former Vol for Life program coordinator Antone Davis said about Jones when he resigned earlier this month.
“I want you to know that I am not leaving Tennessee because I want to,” Davis wrote in an email to UT athletic director John Currie. “I am leaving because I must. My biggest regret and fear is that I am leaving behind student-athletes and co-workers that may be subjected to the same treatment I have received. … In closing, I deeply regret that things have been allowed to transpire, causing a high level of anxiety and other health issues thus creating my need to resign.”
Several former players defended Davis to me in private. It was Jones they questioned.
Most former players are the worst to listen to when you want frank, objective news on their program. Like über-fans, they want to believe and, more important, want you to believe that their program and their coach is perfect in every way. That’s why I appreciated former UT defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth when he strongly criticized Jones before he was fired.
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