COLUMBIA, Mo. — Tennessee’s 50-17 loss at Missouri on Saturday night time solid additional doubt in regards to the short-term way forward for Butch Jones, the embattled fifth-year coach of the Vols.
Jones’s tenure at Tennessee will not stretch right into a sixth season in 2018, however one other lopsided loss to a staff picked to complete final within the SEC East may prohibit his future from lasting not less than yet another sport.
The Vols allowed 433 dashing yards, have been outgained 649-285 and turned the ball over 4 instances to stay winless within the SEC along with now holding the doubtful distinction of getting misplaced their most up-to-date sport towards each staff within the SEC.
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Jones, who’s now 34-27 general and 14-24 in SEC play, was requested after Saturday night time’s loss if he nonetheless felt badist from athletic director John Currie, who was not seen on the sector after the sport.
“At least you’re consistent with your questions,” Jones retorted to the reporter, who then requested about what’s message is to his gamers amid his unsure future.
“The message is the same,” Jones mentioned. “We have two video games left. And it is all about this soccer staff and the way we end. We work exceptionally laborious each single day, and it’s extremely disappointing once you make investments the best way you make investments each day to win on Saturdays. And that is what it is all about.
“It’s about these seniors. It’s about these players. It ain’t about the coach. It ain’t about nothing else. It’s about our players and it’s about our seniors. And again, how do we finish? Another great challenge Saturday night at Neyland against LSU, a great opportunity.”
Tennessee should beat the resurgent Tigers, who’ve gained 4 of their final 5, and in-state rival Vanderbilt simply get to a bowl sport and have to win a kind of video games to keep away from the ignominy of a winless SEC report a primary eight-loss season in program historical past.
The Vols and Ohio State are the one two applications by no means to have eight losses in a single season.
Whether Tennessee makes a transfer on Jones was unclear late Saturday night time, however he’ll meet with Currie on Sunday because the coach and his boss have finished the day after each sport this season.
Tennessee misplaced a trio of convention video games by a mixed 15 factors to Florida, South Carolina and Kentucky in video games that went right down to the wire, and the Vols now have a blowout loss to Missouri so as to add to the sooner routs by the hands of Georgia and Alabama.
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Jones declined to share the specifics of what he advised his staff within the locker room after Tennessee’s third blowout lack of the season.
“We have two games left in Neyland Stadium,” he mentioned. “And once more, how do you need to be remembered? How do you need to end this off? Seniors, similar factor. Same factor — these youngsters have to return to work each single day. They have actually been exceptional, and so they’re taking part in laborious. You simply, it’s a must to return to work. That’s all I can say, and so they’re very prideful and so they perceive what’s at stake.
“We’ll regroup, we’ll come back and we’ll have another good week of practice and be ready to accept the challenge in Neyland Stadium.”