As Tennessee’s head coach, Butch Jones never beat Alabama, so he never got to smoke a customary victory cigar whenever the two teams faced off. But now he’s on the opposite sideline, and he got to celebrate a win in the historic rivalry finally, much to the chagrin of Vol fans.
A photo posted by Chris Owens of Alabama’s football team started making the rounds shortly after the Tide’s 58-21 win over the Vols on Saturday. It featured him with a cigar in his mouth and his arm draped around Butch Jones, who is now an offensive analyst for Alabama, with a cigar in his mouth as well.
Not what Vol fans wanted to see today.
(Photo via Chris Owens of Alabama) pic.twitter.com/X5j8lZLY93
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) October 20, 2018
Tennessee fired Butch Jones in November of last year after the Vols’ 50-17 loss to Missouri last season. He was hired in the offseason by Alabama to serve as an offensive analyst, and he was given a $35,000 annual salary for his spot on Nick Saban’s staff. That yearly amount only barely mitigates the $8 million-plus buyout the Vols have to pay him for terminating his contract before it ran its course.
Not only did Jones get to enjoy a victory cigar, but he also received a Gatorade bath on the sideline by some of Alabama’s players.
Butch Jones gets a Gatorade bath pic.twitter.com/TDRhdypKjT
— Bill Bender (@BillBender92) October 20, 2018
Jones’ Tennessee squads lost all five games they played against Alabama, losing 45-7 last season and 49-10 in 2016 as the most recent losses. Tennessee as a program has now lost 12 straight games to the Tide.
The Vols (3-4, 1-3 SEC) will travel on the road to take on South Carolina next weekend after the loss to Alabama this weekend.