“It’s going to be a rough two weeks.”

I know I risk coming off like a heartless bastard for what I’m about to post, but I don’t see how you can write an article like this without mentioning this.

Nobody likes hearing dad or hubby criticized publicly, but that comes with the territory, especially when the address is in the $4 million a year zip code.


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46 responses to ““It’s going to be a rough two weeks.”

  1. heyberto

    I get your point Senator and agree. Butch Jones can take the heat and should. So first off, I’m not refuting your post. I just want to say: If his family is met with anything but empathy, then shame on those that do that to them. No amount of money a coach is paid should open the door for indecency. Just a personal rant / pet peeve. Butch may be making a fool of himself, and will be held accountable.. they should be able to live their personal lives without scorn.. money or not.

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    • Jack Klompus

      In a perfect world, I agree. However, when you choose this profession, like an extremely small minority of others, you make the choice of potentially putting your family in a situation like this.


      • 81Dog

        Butch made whatever choice Butch made, but his family is getting dragged along for the ride. I have nothing but sympathy for Mrs. Butch, who seems and sounds like a nice lady, and her kids, who didn’t ask for one little bit of this. In a decent world, not a perfect world, people would understand Butch asked for whatever he gets, but they’d have some consideration for his wife and kids. Sadly, just because Butch is an ass, and an unsuccessful one, some folks think it’s hilarious to light up his family. Or at least, to shrug them off as collateral damage. That’s a shame, really.


      • heyberto

        Doesn’t make it right Jack.


    • PTC DAWG

      I agree….


  2. Jared S.

    You heartless bastard.


    • Jared S.

      But seriously….

      When do they can him? Now or end of season?


      • Nate Dawg

        I love the Heartless Bastards. And maybe the family can take their advice…


      • Bulldog Joe

        If he survives ‘bye week’, he’s there for the rest of the season.

        It’s bunker mentality for the South Carolina game. After last year, they owe South Carolina a beat down like the one they just received.


      • Why can him mid-season? It’s possible you end up with a Coach Oeaux situation where an interim builds up enough goodwill to get the job, and you don’t get the change you’re looking for.


        • mdcgtp

          You fire him now so that potential candidates can have their agents contact UT to express interest in the job. Barrett Sallee made a great point on Finebaum last Monday that the early signing period is likely to have an impact on how coaching changes are handled.

          He’s a dead man walking. He could non-Bama win out and not keep his job at this point. 9-3 won’t save his job, but I hope it does!


          • Agents can have the back channel discussions with the power brokers regardless. I didn’t think about the early signing period, but no one is going to accept a job until late November/early December at best. It will definitely be interesting, but the idea of an interim coach wouldn’t sit well with me.


  3. Q

    Such an insane amount of money to endure what? Mean talk? Please. Some people work in coal mines.

    Also: “The next person that would come in here would look like a genius. We’re so close, but the powers that be are the ones who have the final say.”

    She is delusional.

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  4. Coaching is a tough business especially with the money these guys make now. In 39 of the 50 states, the highest paid state employee is a football or basketball coach. All of the stakeholders expect that coach to produce and get really pissed when they don’t. The rest of the family is collateral damage when things are going off the rails. They can’t do anything about it and can’t stick their collective heads in the sand and disengage. Hopefully, in Knoxville, Baton Rouge and College Station among others, people remember there’s a family that’s hurting with their husband and father as reality sets in.


  5. Russ

    ESPN was touting their “Inside the SEC” (I think it’s called that) with Tennessee this week, showing inside access to the leadup/aftermath of the Georgia game. Should be compelling.

    And yes, it really sucks for the families but $4M will sooth a lot of hurt feelings.


  6. Normaltown Mike

    Colin Cowherd often says that as much as they are paid, most coaches are working to keep their mortgage above water.

    In my years as a country dirt lawyer, I think that’s a pretty fair assessment. I’ve explained the TIL and said “sign here” to a couple high profile coaches and not once did I get the impression he was socking mad money away due to the precariousness of the business.


    • 3rdandGrantham

      I’ve heard him talk about this – he’s referring to assistant coaches and such, most of whom are paid significantly less. There’s no chance Butch is trying to keep up with his mortgage in rather cheap Knoxville unless he stupidly went out and bought a 20m+ home.


    • Go Dawgs!

      If Butch can’t keep his mortgage above water with the $12 million dollars he will earn over the next three years for not coaching (to say nothing of the 4 million he will earn this year) then perhaps he’s living above his means.


  7. 3rdandGrantham

    Forgive me if I have a lack of empathy. Butch and others of his ilk knew precisely what they were signing up for when they chose to accept a very high profile position of HC of a major program. And they were rewarded by being compensated a higher level than 99.9% of Americans. Yet we are supposed to feel sorry for someone who quickly amassed generational wealth while his family suffers (sic) in a private suite?

    Butch could have remained at Cinci making 1.5m per or whatever without the stress, but he chased the lucrative offer and the pressures that came with it, so I don’t exactly see what the issue is here. With that said, I certainly don’t condone anyone harassing him or his family through social media, but sadly we’ll always have a % of the population out there that will engage in such nonsense.

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  8. South FL Dawg

    People have no qualm about calling somebody out for anything. I witnessed a former friend call out a server at a restaurant for not bringing a high chair out fast enough and then continue to be a jerk to this server the entire night. Key word is “former.”


  9. Ed Kilgore

    Have to say, sounds like Barb Jones would be a better choice to handle the press conferences than her husband. Seems much more real.


  10. John Denver is full of shit...


  11. W Cobb Dawg

    Fodder for the next HC candidate to consider. Wonder how many candidates will say ‘no thanks’ before they finally land on someone who’ll say yes.

    And wasn’t Booch something like their 3rd or 4th preference? Who’s gonna take that job now? June Jones? Mike Price? The return of Laner?


  12. Dog in Fla


  13. Dear Barb and Butch…..Turn off sports talk radio, don’t follow blogs and home school the kids. Problem solved. Always remember my grandma’s saying, ” sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me”….unless you let them. I’ll be happy to get paid 12 mill and I’ll listen to my own counsel thank you.


  14. DawgPhan

    I am sure it is tough to hear that people think someone you love should be fired.

    But for most people getting fired is a pretty dramatic life changing event.


  15. Got Cowdog

    For that kind of dough the keyboard coaches can spout whatever they want. And at the SEC level these days, win or get replaced. $4mil and a buyout? I am having a hard time felling sorry for him …….