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Peyton Manning: I’m a Butch Jones fan

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Keeping true to his college roots is something Peyton Manning, a first ballot Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback when the time comes, believes Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has the Vols heading in the right direction. While speaking at a charity golf tournament Monday, Manning showed support for the head coach of his alma mater.

“I really like Butch,” Manning said, according to the Associated Press. “I’m a big Butch Jones fan.”

Jones is ramping up for his second season in charge of the once dominant SEC and national power. Rebuilding the program after years under Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley is a bit of a work in progress but Jones has generated some new enthusiasm around the program through recruiting. Just over the weekend former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara announced he was joining Tennessee.

“I think it’s going in the right direction,” said Manning. “I think Butch had a lot of work to do when he got here. He’s put in that work. He’s signing some of his players. Every coach wants to have their players. He’s been patient. At the same time, he’s been hard-working, as he was advertised to be. He’s done that. I just see it continuing to get better. I really do.”

Tennessee may not be ready to challenge South Carolina or Georgia for the SEC East just yet, but after finishing each of the past four seasons in the bottom half of the SEC East division, the Vols could be ready to start moving back up in the division. That needs to be the first goal for Tennessee this season, and it is not all that unrealistic. It will not be easy though, with road games at South Carolina and Georgia and a home game against Alabama.

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3 Responses to “Peyton Manning: I’m a Butch Jones fan”
  1. dcroz says: Jun 23, 2014 8:44 PM

    Manning, like the rest of Vol Nation, must be Butch Jones fans, because they really have no choice to be otherwise. After the collapse of the Phil Fulmer era, the one-and-done tenure of Lane Kiffin, and the disasterous three-year experiment that was Derrick Dooley, Tennessee must give Jones a reasonable amount of time to rebuild the program. They cannot afford (in more ways than one, considering how strapped for cash the athletic department is) to jettison Jones in a couple seasons if the Vols are not in contention for the national championship playoff. Whether Payton or the rest of folks in Knoxville like it or not, they’re going to have to cross their fingers and hope that Jones is the solution to their problems, because if he isn’t, then Tennessee’s woes will continue for many more years to come.

  2. florida727 says: Jun 24, 2014 12:39 PM

    Even as a Gator fan, I wish Butch good luck. I think the SEC is better off when Tennessee plays for championships every year.

    As for Manning’s comments: I think it’s spelled: j-o-b s-e-c-u-r-i-t-y :)

  3. gborange says: Jun 24, 2014 8:19 PM

    That’ll give us a nice recruiting bump!

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