Butch Jones Building Friendship With Donnie Tyndall And an Appreciation For Hoops

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Updated: 5/19 11:45 pm
Chattanooga-(WDEF) Vols coaches Butch Jones and Donnie Tyndall hit Chattanooga on Monday.
They've traveled the state together on the Big Orange Caravan tour, which has enhanced their budding friendship.
  No one understands the whirlwind Donnie Tyndall has endured during his first month on the job better than Butch Jones.
Said Jones,"Well I asked him today if he is still working off momentum and energy and adrenalin."
Said Tyndall,"We're still trying to find our way. Obviously the first few weeks have been exciting and fast-paced to say the least."
Added Jones,"You know, there will be nights where I will call him at 11 or 11:30, and they're still in the office grinding it out."
   When Tyndall gets a break, Jones tries to give him a taste of Rocky Top.
"One of the biggest things is telling him where to eat within Knoxville. So I have given him the lay of the land in terms of restaurants."
Said Tyndall,"He and I went out for dinner the other night until about one in the morning just talking. He has been unbelievably helpful and a great friend thus far."
  No wonder Jones is trying to strike up a close friendship with Tyndall. Jones has become intrigued with basketball.
"One of the things I did this off-season ironically, is I studied basketball coaches. I wanted to study their floor command and their floor presence. In basketball, you have to coach every single possession. How they manage the bench. How they manage the grind. Obviously Coach (Erik) Spoelstra of the Miami Heat has been a tremendous resource. But I also went to a bunch of NCAA Regionals and just kind of sat back and watched the overall coaching demeanor."
  On the way to Chattanooga tonight, Jones and Tyndall talked hoops.
Said Jones,"For instance, on the car ride down here we were talking about command of timeouts. What you are doing from diagramming last-second plays. How many times do you practice them during the course of a season."

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