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5. All the Chatter in the Offseason

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Hot seat talk. Coaching staff hires. A quarterback battle. This offseason had everything in terms of drama, speculation, and debates.

Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones appeared on just about every hot seat list imaginable this offseason, and fans agreed or disagreed fairly vehemently with some of the opinions and “hot takes” about Jones after the end of the 2016 season. Then there were all the coaching staff hires that Jones had to make this offseason, and there was plenty of speculation about how those new coaches would fit in at Tennessee and how they would perform. And there was the quarterback battle between Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano that started the moment Josh Dobbs graduated and continued even into the Vols’ football season.

All of this drama, chatter, and speculation would culminate into what would become one of the most infamous seasons in Tennessee history.

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