It took a week for Tennessee coach Butch Jones to publicly change his mind about his feelings on his team’s 2016 performance.
At SEC Media Days last week, Jones said this about the 2016 season: “I don’t view it as a disappointment.”
Jones participated in the annual SEC coaches’ “car wash” Monday at ESPN and said this about the 2016 season: “We were disappointed that we did not win a championship.”
His complete quote from Monday: “Any time you don’t win a championship, it is a disappointment, and that’s our expectations at the University of Tennessee, is to compete for championships year in and year out with sustained success,” Jones said. “So we expect to win championships at Tennessee. That’s the number-one goal in our football program, so we were disappointed that we did not win a championship.”
Jones also said he was proud of the “resolve and resiliency” of last year’s team.
His complete quote on last season’s team last week from Hoover: “I don’t view it as a disappointment. The way I view it is we didn’t accomplish everything we set ourselves out to. And, again, our goal every year is to win a championship and compete to win a championship. So, was it a disappointment? No. Did we not accomplish some of the things we set out to do? Absolutely. We have to learn from the things that went wrong that we could have done better.”
The Vols were the preseason pick to win the SEC East last season but finished 4-4 and tied for second in the division. UT was 9-4 overall.
This season, the SEC media picked Tennessee to finish third in the division, behind Georgia and Florida.
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