If Tennessee loses to Utah State, will Butch Jones be on the coaching hot seat?
Patience ran thin on Derek Dooley beginning near the end of his second season and was fired at the end of the following season. Even Johnny Majors faced the wolves as early as his second season.
Do you know how ridiculous the proverbial hot seat can get? Go to the website http://coacheshotseat.com and see who’s hot seat is ranked as the 14th hottest. That’s right, it’s one of the most successful college football coaches in the last 50 years: Nick Saban.
So all of this raises today’s question… would Butch Jones begin his hot seat tenure if the Vols were to lose on Sunday evening? Would there be a contingent of the Vol Nation that would want him fired?
Probably, but they would be of very small numbers. What Butch has done via his wildly successful recruiting rankings is to give him some pretty thick insulation to protect him from the crazies. At least for a while.
So my answer to this post’s question is ‘no’, and it would remain ‘no’ throughout this season unless the Vols do what they have never done — lose 8 games.
4-and-8 would raise the temperature to ‘hot’.
What say you?