Tennessee athletic director John Currie says he will look at more things than just the win-loss record when evaluating a Volunteers coach.
When asked this week at the Big Orange Caravan stop in Kingsport, Tennessee about what would be considered a good season for Tennessee football this fall, Currie said he has bigger factors he considers than record.
“As an athletics director, I think you’ve got be really careful about ever evaluating things based upon specifics records or things that can be kind of arbitrary,” Currie told reporters. “That’s a funny-looking ball, and it bounces lots of different directions.
“What I’m always looking at is what’s the overall state of our program with the organization, the enthusiasm, the momentum? If you look at those three things, we’re right at the top.”
Many pundits believe Vols coach Butch Jones needs to reach a certain win total this season after failing to lead Tennessee to an SEC East title in either of the past two seasons, particularly in 2016. Currie, too, also is a new athletic director who only began working on the job April 1.
Still, Currie again expressed confidence in the job Jones has done over the past four seasons in which he has gone 30-21 with two 9-4 seasons and three straight bowl wins.
“We’ve obviously been in a period of rebuilding under Coach Jones, and we’ve had extraordinary progress and a bunch of wins over the last couple of years, some big wins,” Currie said. “And I know we’re gonna continue to move forward.”
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