The culture in Tennessee’s football program came under direct fire in recent weeks after an article from 247Sports, citing numerous unnamed sources, called it a “disaster” among other descriptions.
Butch Jones, in his first meeting with the media since that point, had a response when he was asked a general question about the culture of the program on Tuesday.
“I understand that there was an article that came out with many unnamed sources,” Jones said as part of his response. “And I don’t stand for anybody attacking our football program because it’s untrue. It’s very, very unfortunate. I take that personal, I know our players take it personal and everyone in our football family takes it personal. There are so many positive things going on here with our players. You look at recruiting right now, that’s a by-product of our players being our best ambassadors.
“You look how far we’ve come in the program. Have we had some setbacks this year? Absolutely. But I think this football team has overcome a lot of obstacles and adversities. And that’s really when you find out about people is in adverse times and adverse situations, and how do they respond? Again, it’s very, very unfortunate, but I’m never going to let anybody attack our football program that doesn’t know our football program.”
Here are all of Butch Jones’ post-practice comments on Tuesday:
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) December 13, 2016