Tennessee football coach Butch Jones didn’t start calling people out by name, but he commanded the room like a teacher does to their students.
While speaking to the media, Jones addressed apparent misinformation that suggested Volunteers defensive lineman Shy Tuttle had been in a fight with one of his teammates.
Jones denied that the injury on Tuttle’s face was a result of an in-house fight, but instead the result of his “falling on his own helmet.” Apparently he felt like the tried and true “ran into a door” excuse was too tired.
After briefly addressing the issue head-on, Jones went on a diatribe about responsibly in the media and managed to drop a “fake news” reference.
Jones has received some flak from the press for being too optimistic in the past. This probably isn’t going to slow that down any. However, it’s hard to deny that he didn’t make some valid points, and Jones appeared to be coming from a place of genuine concern rather than frustration and annoyance.
The Volunteers are 3-1, with their only loss coming against rival Florida.
Despite their winning record, though, they’ve struggled. This past weekend they had their hands full against a poor UMass team, and narrowly defeated them 17-13.
Wins more than rants will end the negativity around the Tennessee program. They draw the Georgia Bulldogs this upcoming weekend in what figures to be their biggest challenge of the season so far.