How would you describe the last year at Tennessee?
I think the last year was a step toward a right direction for the program. Under Butch Jones, I just felt like there were a lot of people in administrative roles that shouldn’t be there. That shouldn’t be working with kids. They were just there for their own selfish gain.
When you say people were in administrative roles that shouldn’t be there, what do you mean?
I just felt like with the old, I don’t want to say staff, because the staff was straight. The people around the program, whether it be the AD or whatever, it wasn’t the right fit for what Tennessee wants to do. Tennessee wants to be an elite, championship-winning program. In my opinion, they just didn’t go about it the right way…
What was it like before?
Man, we’d have football twice a week during the offseason. We’d have football meetings twice a week. Also, you know, the rules have changed over time. Last year, we had football in the mornings and in the afternoons. We were getting it in twice a day, specifically just football stuff. So, I feel like at the old place, it was about the fluff and having cool this, cool that. We need to have new TVs. We were changing TVs like every week. Or we need new wallpaper.
No, we need to win games, man. (Laughs). It was just the wrong thing they cared about.
Those of you who wonder where schools could find money to pay student-athletes need to consider that it might not be as hard as you think. This is what outfits that don’t have to pay market compensation to the hired help do with the savings. Me, I’m thinking paying that star running back instead of the TV dude might just work fine.