’Tis the season for athletic directors being asked about the job status of their head coaches as we are now only days away from the start of SEC Media Days. This time it was Tennessee athletic director John Currie talking about Butch Jones on Fox Sports Radio in Knoxville.
Currie was on the “The Drive” and says he admires the job that Jones has done in his first four years.
“I think Coach Jones has done a remarkable job of rebuilding our program,” Currie said.
Currie said that he appreciated the work Jones has done raising the program’s academic standing.
While the Vols did not win the SEC East in 2016, Currie still thinks they’re on the right track.
“In terms of winning, another nine-win season last year, three bowl wins in a row, all those kinds of things are all a testament to the work that they’ve done and certainly from a momentum standpoint,” Currie continued. “Every time I pick up a paper, I’m reading about some new recruit or commitment, we seem to have great momentum in that regard as well.”
Another topic brought up to Currie during the interview was the coach’s contract. Jones current deal will run out in 2020, paying him $4.1 million annually.
Currie has mentioned that no “specific conversations” have taken place about a contract extension for Jones. He does not plan on addressing it before the start of the 2017 season.
“I’ve been here for about 96 days, and I’ve been doing my thing getting the (athletic) department (ready, by) attacking the areas of most critical need and he’s been working hard in recruiting and getting his team ready to play,” Currie said. “That’s the primary thing we are focused on right now and looking forward to an exciting year.”
Tennessee is set to open its season in Atlanta against Georgia Tech on Sept. 4. The game will be played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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