The Butch Jones Firing at Tennessee
The Twitter handle @FootballTimeMag tweeted the following after Butch Jones was fired on Sunday…
“Butch Jones was an abusive, vindictive, immoral, tyrannical dictator during his time at Tennessee. He cared only for Butch Jones and would destroy anyone in his path who challenged him. Sad that his players and staffers ever had to put up with such a small minded and hateful man.”
…and although we cannot verify the above with a first-hand account we have gotten enough opinions from people that have followed the Tennessee Football program for years that have told us similar things to believe the person behind the above tweet believes it to be true and in our opinion we believe it to be true also.
We could write a lot in this spot about what we have heard about Butch Jones from former players and coaches that played or worked with Jones in this spot, but why waste the time since what got Jones eventually fired at Tennessee is something that Butch Jones probably hasn’t….probably never will…come to grips with and in the end Jones Win/Loss record was driven by Butch’s unforced errors and mistakes off the field that collectively did tremendous damage to the Tennessee football program both on and off the field.
All we can say to Tennessee AD John Currie is that he better Damn get this new head coaching hire right because a mistake here Son and you will be out of collegiate athletics on the FBS level within three years!
It’s just our humble opinion but Tennessee should be able to hire a Head Football Coach who is a Helluva Coach and a Helluva Human Being…..Hell….the fans of Tennessee Football DESERVE that and if the Vols fall short of that mark we are going be about as disappointed as we were years ago when the Vols hired Lane Kiffin which we said was going to be a Damn Disaster and in the end launched the Damn Disaster Wagon Train to Hell the Tennessee Football program is still on right now!
Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell Mr. Cash!
1. Mike Riley, Nebraska – With Nebraska’s 54 – 21 loss to a 5 – 5 Minnesota team on Saturday we knew already that the Mike Riley three year era in Lincoln was over but for those 3 Damn Morons that didn’t know it was over…
The Mike Riley Era Is Over at Nebraska!
Mike Riley’s records at Nebraska now stand at…
Overall: 19 – 17
Big Ten: 12 – 12
…..and to say that the Riley hiring at Nebraska was one of the most inexplicable hirings in our 40+ years of watching college football here at Coaches Hot Seat would be a MASSIVE understatement which brings us to a much-discussed subject at Coaches Hot Seat:
Hiring the RIGHT Head Football Coach at “X” School
It’s self-evident to anyone with a working brain after firing Bo Pelini who averaged winning…
9.43 Wins Per Year
…coaching at Nebraska that Mike Riley is not going to be on a Potential Head Coaches List to replace Pelini if that list has 100 names on it which makes us wonder…
How could Nebraska have hired Mike Riley?
How could Tennessee have hired Derek Dooley?
How could Kansas have hired Charlie Weis and David Beaty?
How could Alabama have hired Mike Price?
How could Notre Dame have hired Charlie Weis?
We could go on for awhile here because we have a list of dozens of Inexplicable College Football Head Coaching Hires since the 1970s which brings us to what should be a Fail-Safe procedure before an AD at any school hires a new head football coach:
Talk to Football People before you make that hire and make sure those are Football People that are up on today’s game of college football because if they are they KNOW whether a coach can “really coach” or not and most importantly if he can get MORE out of players and a team than what most coaches can get because if he can then he can “really coach!” An AD doesn’t want to hire a coach that got “what was expected” out a football team and program but rather an AD should look to hire a coach that consistently has his teams performing at HIGHER levels than the talent-level he has on hand to coach. That may seem obvious, but college football coaches get hired every year that are only Average or Slightly Better Than Average relative to what they have at their disposal to coach so look for someone Good To Great at least ADs!
The best mental exercise for any AD to use when considering hiring “X” coach it to imagine in your mind’s eye what the coaches at your major rivals will say the moment they hear the name of the coach you are considering. Example:
Tennessee AD John Currie should think when hiring the next head of the Vols what will be Nick Saban’s IMMEDIATE reaction upon hearing who the next Tennessee head coach is going to be…if Saban says in your mind’s eye anything but…
“Damn! Well…that means the Tennessee game will be competitive again!”
….move on to another coach until you get the right reaction from Saban!
As for Mike Riley we will always wish Coach Riley the best and we certainly hope he can go out with a win in one of his last two games…
At Penn State
Give ‘Em Hell Mike Riley!
2. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – 5 years ago both Butch Jones and Bret Bielema were hired at Tennessee and Arkansas respectfully and with Jones now sent packing its worth looking at both of their records besides each other, but first one must understand that Bielema took over a Helluva Lot better football program than Jones took over at Tennessee which was a Total Disaster after Kiffin and Dooley with Bielema taking over an Arkansas team loaded with talent that under Bobby Petrino was one of the top teams in the SEC!
Butch Jones: 2013 – 2017
Overall: 34 – 27
SEC: 14 – 24
Bret Bielema: 2013 – 2017
Overall: 29 – 32
SEC: 11 – 27
Translation: Butch Jones was Borderline Disaster at Tennessee primarily driven by Butch’s own unforced errors and Bret Bielema has been nothing short of…
Complete Freaking Disaster
…after taking over a sold Hogs program at Arkansas and the Hogs at 4 – 6 on the season still have to play…
We are going to let everyone on in a little secret about Hiring and Firing people:
99 times out of 100 the person hiring someone knows within 90 days whether they made a good hire or not.
Yes….one hears all the time that a coach needs several years to “get his kids in the program” but the reality is that Good forget about Great Coaches can immediately impact a football program and the things that a head coach does in his first 90 days often tells the tale on whether that coach will be successful or not and whether the Athletic Director that hired that coach admits it or not…He/She knows very soon after the hire whether it was the right hire or not.
We say the above because our Good Arkansas Buddy in Ft. Smith, Arkansas who has been going to Razorbacks football games for 40+ years told us a couple of months into Bielema’s tenure at Arkansas….
“It’s just not going to work with Bielema. It may take a couple of years or five years but in the end it’s just not going to work out for Bret at Arkansas.”
Our recommendation to the Good Folks at the University of Arkansas:
Send Bret Bielema packing in a few weeks and hire Memphis head coach Mike Norvell to coach the Razorbacks!
3. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M – An amazing number to look at when considering Kevin Sumlin’s career as the head coach at Texas A&M is that in his SIXTH year at the school that has EVERYTHING a head coach would need to win a Helluva lot of football games is that the Aggies are…
6 – 4
….with games still left against…
…which of course means that A&M will officially be looking for a new head football coach in a few weeks and this is going to be a Helluva interesting hire in College Station.
A few of us here at Coaches Hot Seat have been lucky enough to have been on the Texas A&M campus a dozen-plus times both for football games and during the off-football-season and Aggieville is just a very unique place that needs a very unique coach that can fully embrace and get a Helluva lot out of A&M and then translate that “Aggie Energy” as we like to call it to the football field to win football games!
It’s often said that a head football coach is the “primary face” of a college football program and often a school and sometimes an entire state like Nick Saban is in Alabama, and to understand that when traveling across America get questions from people in sports, in business, in politics, in every line of work about Nick Saban and what he is doing at Alabama who primarily know something about the state of Alabama because of the Alabama football program and its success over the past decade. At Texas A&M the head football coach is REALLY the face of the Aggies Football Program and the Entire School for that matter and A&M AD Scott Woodward better Damn not mess up this hire because if he does his ass will be out of a job in short order!
4. David Beaty, Kansas – David Beaty’s record in 3 seasons as the head coach at Kansas:
Overall: 3 – 31
Big 12: 1 – 24
That’s enough said about David Beaty at Kansas.
5. Lovie Smith, Illinois – With the Illini’s loss at home to Indiana on Saturday Illinois is now 2 – 8 overall and 0 – 7 in the Big Ten and Lovie Smith’s records in 2 seasons at Illinois now stand at:
Overall: 5 – 17
Big Ten: 2 – 14
Oh…in 2 seasons Lovie Smith + Illinois has not beaten a FBS team with a winning record.
Please…someone…anyone…why is Lovie Smith the head coach of the Illinois Football team?
6. Todd Graham, Arizona State – With Arizona State’s loss to UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Saturday the Sun Devils fell to 5 – 5 on the year and still have to play games against…
At Oregon State
….which to us looks like a 6 – 6 finish to the season based upon the way Arizona is playing these days and there’s not a chance in Hell or Tempe in the Summer that Todd Graham can hang onto his job with a .500 record in his SIXTH season on the job at Arizona State.
Todd Graham is a solid football coach who like Butch Jones has made some self-inflicted + unforced errors at Arizona State and if the folks at ASU are going to be make a head coaching change they must do ONE thing for sure:
Hire A Head Coach BETTER Than Todd Graham!
7. David Bailiff, Rice – David Bailiff has been at the head coach at Rice for 11 years now which is as long as Coaches Hot Seat has been around starting in the 2007 college football season and in those 11 seasons Bailiff has put up records of…
Overall: 57 – 78
CUSA: 40 – 46
….and he has THREE .500 or better seasons + bowl game trips with the last one coming in 2014 and in our opinion with the 1 – 9 Owls still having to play…
At Old Dominion
….Rice will be looking for a new head football coach in a couple of weeks and also in our opinion Rice will be able to hire a pretty good coach because Rice also-also in our opinion is a Pretty Damn Good Job with a Helluva lot of very good football players within a 3 hour drive of its campus in Houston!
Great Luck the rest of the season Coach Bailiff!
8. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – Kliff Kingsbury and Texas Tech got a MUST WIN over Baylor on Saturday but then this Baylor football team is 1 – 9 with only a win over Kansas so beating the Bears isn’t much at all and with that win the Red Raiders are now 5 – 5 on the season with games still left against…
Damn….it will take some serious football playing for Texas Tech to win either of their last two games and we guess if Tech did win both of them and finished at 7 – 5 overall and 4 – 5 in Big 12 play Kingsbury could hang onto his job in Lubbock but that’s a Helluva BIG IF!
9. Brad Lambert, Charlotte – What we know about the Charlotte Football program you could write on a matchbook but we do know that head coach Brad Lambert in FIVE seasons coaching a Charlotte has records on the board of…
Overall: 17 – 39
CUSA: 4 – 18
…and even at Charlotte that must put your job in serious jeopardy!
10. Jim Mora, UCLA – Jim Mora and the UCLA Bruins got their MUST WIN over Arizona State on Saturday with reportedly signs out at the Rose Bowl encouraging the folks at UCLA to find a new head football coach and now the 5 – 5 Bruins still have on their schedule games against…
…..and at best that looks like 6 – 6 on the season in Mora’s SIXTH year on the job in Westwood.
With a $12M+ buyout and very few rich UCLA alumni that give two rips whether the Bruins win another football game or not it’s not likely that Mora will be fired after this season but that sure the Hell doesn’t mean he’s not on the Hot Seat at Coaches Hot Seat where…
We Expect Excellence In A Place Like UCLA
…even if the folks in the UCLA Athletic Department are willing to accept…
Total Damn Ass MEDIOCRITY!