Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones was facing some serious allegations, with rumors swirling that he struck a player during this summer’s practice. Jones also faces allegations of hitting players “multiple times” at practice during his time at Cincinnati.
The Vols had to respond to the rumors, so they issued a statement on Thursday expressing their support of Butch Jones.
According to the Vols, they are “very confident” that there was no “inappropriate conduct” between the head coach and any player.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek said, via GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker.
“It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Cheek also says that he and athletic director Dave Hart have done their “due diligence” on the matter.
It is going to be interesting to see if this is the end of the story. There is always a chance that more players could come out and speak against Jones, but it appears that the head coach currently has the university’s full support.
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