Butch Jones Trying to Energize Vols Program

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Updated: 5/17/2013 9:13 am

The Big Orange Caravan made it's annual visit to Chattanooga on Thursday with new football coach Butch Jones in attendance. Jones hopes his energy and enthusiasm is the first step in getting the Tennessee football program back on top in the SEC.

Butch Jones looks as if he could sign autographs all night. Just ask Vols athletic director Dave Hart. Said Hart,"Butch's level of energy is off the charts."

Hart believes Coach Jones energy has spilled over to the Big Orange nation. "Clearly we got the right guy. We got a guy that wanted to be the head coach at the University of Tennessee. He's passionate. He's genuine. And I think he's off to a very, very good start in terms of galvanizing our fan base, our former lettermen, and high school coaches. He has prioritized those things." Said Jones,"Well, I think it's a drive to win. I think it's a drive of loyalty in terms of giving a passionate fan base something to be extremely proud of. These are days like this that I really enjoy doing. It's a chance again to get out and talk Tennessee football."

It's easy talking Tennessee football. It's the winning that has been the hard part. The Vols have not enjoyed a winning record since 2009. They're 5-7 the last two years. Said Hart,"This team is going to have to over achieve in my personal opinion. This team is going to have to over achieve, but they are capable of that. We have one of the best offensive lines in the country. We have a veteran offensive line. We lost a lot of skill players. That's just the reality. We lost a lot of skill offensively in particular. And we're trying to bounce back defensively to have a competitive product on the field defensively, and I think we will do that."

Turning around a proud program is definitely time consuming. Reporter-"How much sleep do you get typically?" Said Jones,"Not much. But you know what. That's what this job requires. Again, it's the competitive drive to give our fan base everything that they want. It's a pride of who we are."

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