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Getting ugly in Knoxville: Police have to refute ‘nasty rumor’ about Butch Jones

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It’s getting ugly in Vol Nation — so ugly that some unknown individuals apparently are spreading false rumors about embattled Tennessee coach Butch Jones.

Police in Knoxville officially have denied rumors that Jones was arrested for driving under the influence, as reported by Kelly Rippin of FOX 17 Nashville.

The source of the “nasty rumor” is unknown.

Still, it says something about the influence of social media that a mainstream TV news organization felt the need to investigate an unsubstantiated but fast-spreading rumor and that police had to issue a denial to set the record straight.

Jones has come under fire following the Vols’ poor start to the season, including last week’s shutout loss to Georgia at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee (3-2) is off this week before returning to action October 14 at home against South Carolina.

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