It isn’t much, but they call it home.

This is a helluva thing to say ($$).

Matthew Butler isn’t new to this.

His freshman season at Tennessee wasn’t even over when the coach he signed to play for, Butch Jones, was fired.

Three years later, Butler watched underclassmen on the Vols roster deal with the same thing he went through his first season on Rocky Top.

“Let’s just be real here: I think that everybody, I don’t even think it would be an exaggeration to say that everybody, (but) I can only speak for my class, the 2017 class, the last class under Butch, has considered leaving,” Butler said. “Obviously.”

I’m not saying it’s not true.  Just that it’s a helluva thing to say.

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16 responses to “It isn’t much, but they call it home.

  1. You have to give it to Kirby. He did almost everything right during the transition. It would be interesting to know what would have happened if the transition had occurred with the portal and liberalized transfer rules. Richt‘s players gave him a chance, and Kirby inspired enough confidence in his underclass men that the key pieces came back for a championship run.

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    • miltondawg

      Agreed. The portal and free pass on one transfer, I think, means that the days of a new coach keeping all those guys currently on the roster are probably gone. That will especially true if the prior guy flamed out and the program is in some degree of shambles.

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  2. practicaldawg

    Some teams have signs like “Play like a champion today.” At Neyland, it’s “Abandon all hope ye who enter here” (and that’s on the home side).

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  3. 3rdandGrantham

    That honestly does not surprise me at all. Butch Jones, for all his flaws, generally was viewed as a pretty nice guy by most of his players. Some even labeled him a ‘player’s coach.’ Then you have Jeremy Pruitt come in who is not a nice guy and is known for being a hot head, and he quickly runs the program into the ground further. I think it’s only natural that Butch’s last class would be dispondent at best after all of that.

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    • miltondawg

      Imagine that you could easily (and perhaps rightfully) argue that Butch was the best coach overall that UT has had in a decade. Their championship of life, if I am not mistaken, is their first championship in some time.

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  4. Scotty King

    “It ain’t much, but it’s home” – Doraville (Atlanta Rhythm Section)

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    • Down Island Way

      Now that you are cut off from the McDonalds bags and no more timely advice on down line men techniques from donut hole phil, not even 5 star hearts are worth playing for…sad times there in ktown

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  5. Previously Paul

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  6. stoopnagle

    LOL. Vols.

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  7. W Cobb Dawg

    It’s not Pruitt. They looked at Fulmer being there 50+ years and started worrying they’d be stuck in Knoxvegas forever.

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  8. Wish that I was leaving ol’ Rocky Top
    Dumpster fire of the Tennessee hills
    So much smoke here on Rocky Top
    Ain’t got no more Phil
    Once I had a chance on Rocky Top
    SOD, Jones and Pruitt
    Lost to Vandy, can’t beat Georgia
    I still cry about that

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  9. BuffaloSpringfield

    Lewis, wouldn’t really care but he’d be so politically incorrect. I hope he’s in the town of Moreland Georgia up in the sky. Chatting, having a cold one with Bubba and Earl. None of his buddies would’ve fit in with the His, Hers and It’s going on today. Not sure “if He ever got back to Georgia he’d want to nail his feet to the ground.” Not in these times. “Elvis is dead and I’am not feeling to well myself.” Least ways about the in things peoples are doing and acting.

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  10. Such a stunning surprise that Pruitt rubbed people the wrong way.

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