Current Vol Player Rips Butch Jones After Bama’s Title Loss

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    Many Vol fans didn’t want to see Alabama win a national championship on Monday night not just because they’re the Tide and one of the Vols’ biggest rivals, but also because of one their “interns” on their staff.

    Former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones has been on staff at Alabama this season as an offensive analyst — or an “intern” as Nick Saban once called him — and it’s given many Tennessee fans even more reason to root against the Crimson Tide. Earlier this year when Alabama defeated the Vols in Neyland Stadium, Jones drew the ire of UT fans everywhere when he had a victory cigar in the locker room with Alabama’s team.

    On Monday night, though, Jones and the Tide got crushed. And one current Vol player relished in watching it happen.

    Tennessee tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson never played for Jones at UT. He wasn’t even recruited by Jones when he was the head coach of the Vols. But that didn’t stop him from trashing the former Tennessee head coach on Twitter after Alabama’s 44-16 loss to Clemson in the National Championship Game on Monday night.

    Wood-Anderson took to Twitter to troll Jones after he claimed Jones was “on the sideline giggling the whole year” and thinking “this was gonna be his best night ever as a ‘coach.'” The former JUCO tight end also asked his followers if they could help him get the hashtag “Not Today Butch” to start trending on Twitter.

    Alabama’s 28-point loss was their worst loss of the Nick Saban era, and it was the most points the Tide had given up in a loss since a 45-31 loss to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl after the 2013 season.

    Wood-Anderson came to the Vols as part of their 2018 signing class and signed during the early signing period in December of 2017. And he came to Tennessee after new head coach Jeremy Pruitt recruited him in the two weeks after he was hired and before the start of the early signing period. Butch Jones and his staff hadn’t even offered Wood-Anderson. He picked up an offer from Tennessee on December 8th, the day after Pruitt was hired as UT’s head coach.

    The junior tight end caught 17 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns in his first year as a Vol. He was a four-star tight end and the No. 1 JUCO tight end in the 2018 class, playing for Arizona Western the last two years before signing with Tennessee.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.