‘Ya gotta have heart.

Tennessee was 2016’s heavy favorite to win the SEC East.  Tennessee flops.  Butch Jones responds:  “They’ve won the biggest championship — that’s the championship of life…”

Fast forward to February, 2017.  Tennessee comes out of national signing day with a middling result by SEC standards.  Two of its permanent opponents, Alabama and Georgia, dominate the final recruiting class rankings.  Butch Jones responds:

“We’ve spoken about the competitive nature, and I think that’s really, really big in today’s world,” Jones said. Everyone gets into the whole two-star, three-star, four-star, five-star thing. The only five-star that we even concern ourselves with is a five-star heart.

“We want five-star hearts and five-star competitors.”

I’m sensing a pattern here.

Jones and Tennessee director of player personnel Bob Welton said they evaluate a player’s competitive spirit throughout the recruiting process, and not just on the football field, basketball court or baseball diamond.

The Vols entertain recruits with games throughout their weekends in Knoxville. They play games on campus, go bowling downtown and play ping pong, billiards, corn hole and even charades during trips to Jones’ house.

Welton said Tennessee isn’t just entertaining the players in those situations. He said they’re also evaluating them.

“It could be something as a simple as a corn hole game, but our guys are competing, talking trash,” Welton said. “We watch that. We observe that. We’ve actually shied away from some kids on visits when all these kids are out there competing, and that kid’s over there just sitting. That tells you a lot about a kid.

“That competitiveness, you can’t coach it, and you usually can’t change it once you get ‘em. You can’t put that into a kid. They have to be born with it and live with it.”

I can’t wait ’til Booch proclaims his team the SEC’s 2017 corn hole champions.  Is there a bonus for that in his contract?

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40 responses to “‘Ya gotta have heart.

  1. Dawgy

    I’ll comment after next years game in Knoxville.

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  2. Heyberto

    Crack don’t smoke itself.

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  3. That asshole missed his calling. He should be preaching sermons in some huge stadium like that douche in Houston.

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    • Got Cowdog

      I will never forget the first time I heard the term “Cornhole”. My High school football coach was using it to describe my buddy’s scrimmage line stance.
      Cornhole Champions indeed. Lofty goal, Vols.Lofty goal.

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    • Got Cowdog

      Aw DMK, that dude you speak of provides comfort and guidance to millions. Haven’t checked the UT blog, but I bet Booch ain’t comfortably guiding anyone over there.

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      • WF Dawg

        Comfort is only as good as the claims it’s based on are true, IYAM.

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        • Got Cowdog

          I was being snarky.
          Not a fan of snake oil salesmen peddling salvation to the heathen throng through mass media, albeit for a small donation so we can continue the good work,
          And keep the lights on in the mansion. And Mama’s Mercedes’ (plural) are almost a year old. And the Jet Ranger pilot needs a raise.
          I’ll spend my excess on fundage on beer, thank you very much. Don’t cry for my heathen ass, preacher, and if I catch you staring at my wife’s ass like that again …….

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  4. gastr1

    I think Booch needs McGarity to win him some reserve fund championships so they can pool their rationalization skills to form one, great big rationalization–one of the greatest rationalizations of our era.

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  5. Grafton

    Man I really liked what I saw in that 5 stars game films but he just lacks that compeditive spirit at corn hole. I mean who doesn’t like corn hole? Guess we will have to pass on that offer.

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  6. BigD

    You’ve got to go to Penn State to get consistently corn holed.

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    • Normaltown Mike

      thank you.

      Corn hole used to be a very specific euphemism, How it switched to a carefree game of beanbags is beyond me.

      My poor grandparents were reading a wedding announcement a few years ago and the story made reference to the wedding party all playing corn hole at the reception. They were quite concerned.

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  7. Chi-town Dawg

    First the Butt Chugger champions and now the corn hole champions – that’s impressive

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    • Macallanlover

      Knoxville, a place where A-Holes congregate, and are celebrated as champions. Is this a great country, or not?

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  8. 92 grad

    Yeah booch. Don’t invite those kids sitting in the corner of the room. They’re the ones with the pegged bullshit detectors, can’t let them in, they might tell the others what’s really going on.

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  9. old dawg

    I believe Butch is whistling past the graveyard as he knows a 5 star is rated highly for a reason (check out results of Nick Saban,Inc.)…methinks he is hanging on for another year or two to get in on the real gravy train…former UT coaches drawing on the school bank account for many years after their demise…as in Fulmer, Pearl and Dooley.

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  10. NGDAWG

    Must be nice to have a new class of over 20 5-star recruits!! Only at Knoxvegas: The “Champions of Life” built “brick by brick” with all 5-star winners!!!

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  11. Butch should have been a televangelist

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  12. Spike

    Talking smack at a corn hole game is an attractive quality? Bless his heart..

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  13. as a UGA grad all the recruiting chest pumpin don t mean squat. We need to start beating UT and UF

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