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Tennessee legend thinks you-know-who is front runner to replace Butch Jones

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Legendary Tennessee defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth has been vocal the past couple months about his displeasure with the way Butch Jones has run the Volunteers’ football program. He’s posted many of his complaints to Twitter.

A tweet he sent on October 30th at 4:50 PM about the future of the Tennessee football program should leave tongues wagging:

Where to begin?

Like Haynesworth, our Tennessee insider Jimmy Hyams is hearing that it’s Tenneessee’s preferance not to fire Jones before the end of the season.

As for “JG,” that’s Jon Gruden. Volumes have been written about Gruden potentially coaching the Volunteers.

His final comment seems to indicate that Gruden has wanted the job previously – he reportedly has been approached previously – but that presidential interference at the university level fouled those pursuits up.

The current University of Tennessee system president is Joseph DiPietro who assumed the office on January 1, 2011. Jones was hired by the Vols in 2013, so DiPietro would have signed off on that hire. Jan Simek (2009-2010) and John Peterson (2004-2009) have also served in that capacity since the firing of Phil Fulmer following the 2008 season, which began – to whatever degree you choose to believe – the school’s now almost decade long pursuit of Gruden. Which “president” he’s referring to is anybody’s guess.

Stay tuned.

RELATED: Why Jon Gruden wouldn’t be a good college head coach for Tennesssee – or anybody.

(You can follow Chadd Scott on Twitter @ChaddScott)

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