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?

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2 responses to “If Tennessee loses to Utah State, will Butch Jones be on the coaching hot seat?”

  1. Rick says :

    I don’t think his seat will become hot. Dooley’s seat warmed because of losses and because people soon realized that he was a jerk. Coaches can be jerks when they win a lot. It doesn’t work when they lose.

  2. rockytop78 says :

    No hot seat yet. But if we get through the season and don’t win games that we should have won, in ways that indicate a lack of progress in how the players are learning their positions and other game skills, and the fans start thinking “I sure wish 2015 would get here in a hurry,” then the seat will start to warm up. But I also think that Butch Jones has banked a tremendous amount of goodwill the last 2 years, which Derek Dooley did not do; and this will help him should the 2014 season go south.

    I don’t want to even think about an 8-loss season! I believe that UT and The Ohio State University are the only D-1 (or whatever classification we’re in) schools that have never lost 8 games in a season. (Michigan was there with us until the tenure of Rich Rod.)

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