“The honeymoon for Butch Jones is over.”

Matt Hinton nails it:  Nathan Peterman’s passer rating against Florida was an almost unheard of 3.8 and he wasn’t made the starter for that game out of necessity.  No, somebody actually thought it was a good idea.

So a 3.8 is not even worth snapping the ball for. If Peterman had replaced his dozen pass attempts on Saturday with a dozen kneel-downs, at least the Volunteers would have been able to punt; instead, he committed three turnovers that led to Florida points before halftime. The worst part? Unlike virtually every other quarterback listed here, Peterman was not thrust into the lineup by injury or attrition: Coaches actually thought he gave Tennessee a better chance to win than the starter through the first three games, Justin Worley, and refused to concede otherwise until the damage was done.

The Vols have an easy mark in their next game, but October is a brutal month, with Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama filling the slate.  That means Jones will need three wins in November for his team to become bowl eligible.  And while it’s a kinder month, it’s still an all-SEC month, with Kentucky looking like the only gimme from here.

UT fans may be left with nothing to hang their hats on when the regular season ends except hoping for a good recruiting class.


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69 responses to ““The honeymoon for Butch Jones is over.”

  1. DawgPhan

    The faithful in Knoxville must be confused by this turn of events. I know they were quite sure they had their guy…

    • Brandon

      This is where listening to the lunatic fringe portion of a fanbase gets a program. Fire Bobo, play Hutson Mason, we’ve all got them, you just can’t let them get control.

  2. JRW7

    It could not happen to a better team, I root for every team on the Vols schedule!



    Ut fans are the best. 🙂

  4. If you go back and read volnation from a few weeks ago, they really thought this would be a 9 (some even 10) win season. Now, fast forward to today, and it is total meltdown over there. Most are saying they can’t figure out where the 6 win will come from to even get them bowl eligible.

    Glorious if I do say so myself!

  5. BulldogBen

    Never thought I’d see the day but the Vols may now be headed for the worst place for a program: Apathy

    That said, F ’em. I remember every excruciating loss during the 90’s.

    They won’t win but 2 more games. They’re a complete dumpster fire.

    • DawgPhan

      I definitely remember walking around campus on gameday when UT was in town and all of the obnoxious things those fans would say….

      Now I really enjoy returning the favor by taking the trip to knoxville and posting up on campus and just enjoying a nice quite afternoon followed by a relaxing trip into Neyland where I can stretch out and listen to the band. Neyland on a saturday night when the vols are losing is really a lot of fun.

      • AthensHomerDawg

        It was a potential rain out and the boys had dates. My bride surrendered our tickets to them. It was late 3rd quarter when she reminded me that the Jacks haven’t been walked. Jack Russel terriers are an interesting dog. They were my son’s before college. That meme has become a repeat here. Raced them and traveled them. Lazy me just opened the door …. in the rain and let them out. My bad. MY uT neighbor had done much the same with his “Smokey” version of their mascot. Not a good combination. They chased him across the subdivision. Took us awhile to gather them up. Our wives talked. My bride tells me that he may talk to his attorney. Gee whiz. I guess I’ll offer to walk his dog or something.

        • uglydawg

          Smokey started it. It’s the Jacks word against theirs. I have a Rat Terrier and he’s a mean little bastard when he wants to be…pretty much like a Jack.

  6. Ben

    Those dummies in Knoxville hired a guy who had ridden Brian Kelly’s coattails to success in two previous stops (and he was never at either place very long). He couldn’t have had much talent to inherit at UT, and it’s not looking good for them at all going forward.

    I hope, though, that they’re horrible forever. Seeing them and UF trip over each other last weekend was good for the soul, and it’s something I never could have imagined, especially coming of age as a Dawg fan in the 90s.

    • mdcgtp

      that is what I keep coming back to. He had not done anything that suggested he was an SEC caliber coach. Obviously, it is ridiculous to judge a coach 4 games into his tenure, but Peterman was a disaster. What was particularly ridiculous was after two drives that resulted in turnovers and Driskel out of the game, Jones tried to throw for a first down on 3rd and long resulting in the INT that lead to the TD to make the score 17-7. given that one has no idea whether murphy is going to take care of the ball or not, punt it, hope for a turnover and at worst make them drive.

      Gary first guessed the call and said, “UT should call a safe run and punt”

      • Mayor of Dawgtown

        Coach Jones lost that game for UT. He kept the freshman in waaaay to long after the kid had demonstrated that he couldn’t cut it. UT still would have had at least a chance to win the game if Worley had come in when the Vols were leading or even when they were only down by 3. Instead Ol’ Butch brought Worley in after the Vols were losing by enough that they couldn’t mount a comeback. The guy is a dope.

    • godawg

      I hear laughter coming from Dallas….

    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Damn right, Ben…the vision of them tripping over each other is priceless, a big +1 to you.

  7. Biggus Rickus

    They have no talent. They’re the college football equivalent of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jones may or not be the answer to their coaching issues, but he could not have inherited a cupboard more bare at a major coaching destination.

  8. Lorenzo Dawgriguez

    When I saw Butch Jones on TV at the Oregon game, I thought this is Will Ferrell in a cross between Old School and Anchorman. I guess Jancek is the brains on that staff.

  9. FCDore

    We think he looks like Sgt. Carter from “Gomer Pyle.”

  10. tbia

    And, just so things can look even rosier…..they lose basically their entire offensive line and front 7 after this season.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      You have hit on their biggest problem IMHO. They have an all senior OL. They can’t get anything out of them this season because the Vols have no skill at the skill positions. What is going to happen NEXT season when all the O-linemen graduate? Even if they get some skill players as freshmen or transfers those guys will get beaten to death because there will be no blocking. I would hate to be the Vols’ QB next year.

  11. D.N. Nation

    Derek Dooley beat Butch Jones’ team pretty handily in 2011. FWIW.

    • Dog in Fla

      All the officials need to do to welcome Butch to the league is let him think he’s won a couple of games and then snatch them back from him

  12. mike in orlando

    Who other than Vols fans thought they would be any good? New QB, no proven WRs, weak front seven on defense, weak secondary. Only positive was supposed to be the o-line, and it has not played well.

    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Maybe you did not know…during the 90’s the Vols lead the nation in pre-season national championships…delusion is caused by the sauce Calhoun’s uses on their BBQ. 🙂

  13. Dog in Fla

    GWOB (“Global War on Butch”)

    Flying Bridge, U.S.S. Pat Summitt, Tennessee River Wet and Wild Dock

    “Ah, but the coattails, that’s, that’s where I had them, they laughed at me and made jokes, but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt, with geometric logic, that a triplicate set of Brian Kelly’s coattails did exist, and I’ve had produced those coattails if Hamilton had hired Brian instead of the Dooley boy before me. I, I know now they were only trying to protect some one who wasn’t me. [Butch pauses – looked at all the questioning faces that stared back at him, and realizes that he has been ranting and raving] Naturally, I can only cover these things from memory. If I left anything out, why, just ask me specific questions even questions about Angkor Wat but none about Peterman and Myanmar and I’ll be glad to answer them…I appreciate your interest in the program.” [Butch dozes off. Awakens. Decides to get shorter flat top.]

  14. hassan

    I don’t know the Vols fans you guys have been talking to. The ones I talked to before the season started couldn’t find 6 wins on the schedule. Now, the only thing they are cocky about is that they are looking like Orangestradamus.

    So there’s that I guess.

  15. WillTrane

    I’ll wait to comment after we play them. And some of us always think of the three little pigs when the dawgs play someone they should beat. Think first and most recent, North Texas…and for a long while it looked like it would be by the hairs of our chins.
    Glad CMR changed long snappers. Now look at the putn return unit. No. They do not study that in film.

    • Biggus Rickus

      I don’t get this pessimistic streak in Georgia fans. North Texas got two special teams TDs amidst Georgia’s general domination of the game. The idea that the contest was seriously in doubt is/was ludicrous. It was inevitable that Georgia would pull away, because Georgia is so vastly superior to North Texas no other outcome was possible. A similarly sloppy game against Tennessee could end differently, because they are better than North Texas. I still think Georgia would manage to win, just not by 24 points.

  16. WillTrane

    If you had to rank the Olines in the SEC West, would they be in this order…LSU, Arkansas, and Bama. LSU is very good, better than the other two. And speaking of this week’s up coming opponent’s Oline, where will the OC go against the former UT DC who has become a name in LSU. Will he pull plays from the martha stewart playbook, or the paula deen playbook. It took all of them against NT.

    • Arkansas center is very good; the rest of the line, not so much. Don’t think that o-line is better than TAMU’s.

      And WTF with the playbook references?

    • Dog in Fla

      Will is well-traned to nod coyly to potential girl-on-girl playbook action and feels it would be a disservice to do otherwise. Or maybe he’s just hungry for supper

      “After revealing that she has never dipped a toe into ‘the lady pond,’ visited a strip club, or done acid, Stewart boosted her X-rated score by answering that she has ‘maybe’ engaged in a ménage à trois, has had a one-night stand, and can ‘of course’ roll a joint.”


    • D.N. Nation

      “Will he pull plays from the martha stewart playbook, or the paula deen playbook.”

      Always a delight when Will’s been chugging the good stuff.

      • Dog in Fla

        Sure who wouldn’t like chugging the good stuff like Old Grand-Dad. Or maybe there has just been a void in Will’s life since they disappeared Perno, a void with which he’s trying to fill with daytime TV cooking show hosts

  17. JRW7

    Looks CBJ is a SCREAMER! Does that work with 18-20 year olds anymore? Not at my house!

  18. Bob22222

    Opportunity is Nowhere!

  19. Mudcats Impala...

    Let these numbers sink in…..

    ’13…4-8, 5-7 (projected)

    That’s epic suckage for a team like UT…🙂

  20. TennesseeDawg

    It was the worst passer rating by ANY D1 QB since 2008

  21. Ausdawg85

    And yet the Fire Richt crowd continues to chant “that could never happen here” while demanding the MNC we are “owed”. There but for the grace of God…

    One crazy prediction: Texas goes down this same path.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Wrong, Aussie. Texas will spend so much money that the Longhorns will steal a Saban or a Meyer level coach from somebody. Texas will field an undefeated team within 4 years, count on it.

      • Richter

        Are you caliche or what? I’m in Tejas and f them all along buck. What is your problemo?! Dawgs ain’t cayete el hosico. You were bitchin last year

      • Ausdawg85

        Meyer is from Ohio and won’t leave with a team as loaded as what he’s got. Saban does not have the energy to rebuild UT. But setting those two aside, who else is the big hire? I think it may come from one of the coaches in the broadcast booth.

      • 81Dog

        If being in Texas and having the ability to cash whip a good coach translated into automatic wins and championships, the Dallas Cowboys would be drowning in playoff wins and Lombardi trophies the last 15 years. It’s good to have an attractive job and an unlimited budget, but it’s still hard to make it all click. How many times did Alabama get it wrong before they hired Saban? How many times has Notre Dame gotten it wrong the last 20 years? Texas has the resources, but they may not choose wisely, either.

  22. Where is Phil Fulmer and why haven’t they invited him back?

  23. fetch

    That stadium will look mighty empty with only 20-30,000 fans in it.

  24. Scorpio Jones, III

    Ok guys….have fun picking on the poor old, downtrodden Vols…I don’t have time for that shit (well, not much). We got one coming up that could be the hinge-point for the next 10 years of Georgia football…I assume I am not alone in realizing how huge this is.

    I am reduced to reading omens…nervous, excited…scared. I dreamed of Odell Beckham, Jr. dancing around the walk ons….

    Dear God.