Tennessee head coach Butch Jones faced the media today in his weekly Monday time slot. He began just like it was any other press conference, talking about Kentucky and looking forward to Southern Miss.
Of course, that’s not really what anyone was interested in hearing. It didn’t take long to get to questions about his job status.
He was asked about the support of AD John Currie right off the bat. “Nothing has changed at all,” Jones said.
Mike Griffith of SEC Country reported yesterday that a meeting occurred between Currie and Jones. The meeting was said to be about Jones’ immediate future at Tennessee.
According to Butch, Currie’s support is still very much there. He said that Currie’s public silence hasn’t changed anything internally. “For our players, It’s back to work for another week. They’re ready to go just like our coaching staff. It’s a week to week season. It’s all about Southern Miss. It’s about getting ready to play in Neyland Stadium for homecoming.”
“We’re disappointed, but not discouraged,” Jones said of his 3-5 record. “I understand the expectations of Tennessee football and so do our players. It’s been one of those years.”
“If I was a fan, I’d be upset too. I bleed with them. I also understand we need to win football games and I’m going to do everything in my power to get that done,” Jones said.