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Butch Jones: ‘We would never knowingly put a student-athlete in harm’s way’

Tuesday, a report surfaced that indicated Tennessee’s staff knowingly played a concussed player in the Kentucky, only pulling him when he was seen vomiting on the sideline.  The allegations contained in the report were sufficient enough that it warranted a public response from UT’s athletic director Wednesday morning, who laid out the football program’s protocol for such situations but stopped short of saying the staff had adhered to them in this instance.

On the SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday, embattled head coach Butch Jones vehemently denied he or anyone on his staff would knowingly put a player, in this case Vols offensive lineman Brett Kendrick, in such a situation.

There’s already chatter that, given the tone of John Currie‘s statement, the university could use this situation as a means to rid themselves of Jones and his contract with cause, thus avoiding a costly buyout.  Either way, it appears that Jones’ days atop Rocky Top are numbered, now seemingly only a matter of when not if he’s dismissed.