Chattanooga-(WDEF) Butch Jones got a few hugs and kisses before his speech Tuesday, until Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd laid down the law. "No sugar for me."
No sugar for the Chief, but Jones understands the love for what he calls the Tennessee
brand. "It's a brand that signifies togetherness, family, a pride of who we are, the Volunteers. Ever since 1927, Tennessee is still the all time winningest football program in America. There's a lot of standards. There's a lot of expectations that come with that."
But UT didn’t win much last year, posting a 5-7 record. So did Jones believe he inherited a broken program? Said Jones,"I don't think broken is a good term at all, but we do have a lot of work to do. It is what it is."
Jones says he embraces the challenge of turning around the Vols fortunes. "Everyone wants to focus on the end result. We can't focus on the end result. If we improve individually, then we improve collectively as a football team. If we do that, we'll like our body of work when it's all said and done."
Jones even flashed some big bling with a Cincinnati Bearcats championship ring. Said Jones,"This is from the past year at Cincinnati, the 2012 Big East Conference champions. I think it's a great illustration here today that any thing is possible. We were picked fourth or fifth in the Big East Conference, and we ended up with a share of the conference championship."
Jones may not promise a championship, but he believes his team will play like champions. "It's going to be a blue-collar football team that people are going to enjoy. We expect to win. It's all about developing everything and every aspect and every individual in our football program."