Earlier this week, it was reported that former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning might want to end up as a coach with his Alma Mater, Tennessee. Head coach Butch Jones wasted little time in discussing that speculation and he seems to have already talked to Manning about that possibility.
Jones, who has spent the last three years at Tennessee and has gone 21-17 in that stretch, spoke with 247Sports and said that coaching is very different from actually playing the game. He did, however, welcome in the former Volunteer whenever he wants to come.
“We talk all the time,” Jones said, “and I think anything Peyton Manning does, he’ll be successful. But coaching is a completely different animal than playing, as any great player would tell you.
“But, again, I welcome him any time he wants to come in to Tennessee and spend time with our players. He’s been great that way. He’s been very willing to do that. We’ve been very fortunate and blessed to have him be a part of our teams, coming in and speaking to (them), and this year will be the same.”
Many speculated that Manning could be coming for the head coaching job with the Volunteers, but the team racked up nine wins with a win in the Outback Bowl last season. They are also expected to be a top ten team and win the SEC East in 2016, so Jones’s job could be safe for now.
There is no telling if Manning will take a position as a television analyst, front office executive, or coach, but if it is the latter, he has a spot open in Knoxville.
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