Monthly Archives: December 2012

Tennessee’s search for a receivers coach: Zach Azzani has close links to Butch Jones, CMU

zach-azzanni.jpgKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — It’s the only position left to fill on Butch Jones’ first staff as Tennessee head football coach.

That means, of course, that we will spend an inordinate amount of time dissecting the vacant wide receiver position, especially in the wake of Tee Martin’s decision to decline an offer from UT to remain at Southern California.

We updated the list Thursday to include Wisconsin receivers coach Zach Azzanni, who makes a lot of sense for many reasons.

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Searching for Tennessee’s receivers coach: Some names to watch

butch-jones-presser.JPGKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — It’s the only position left to fill on Butch Jones’ first staff as Tennessee head football coach.

That means, of course, that we will spend an inordinate amount of time dissecting the vacant wide receiver position, especially in the wake of Tee Martin’s decision to decline an offer from UT to remain at Southern California.

We don’t know what Butch Jones is thinking, so this post is largely speculative. But to inform our list, let’s take a look at the attributes Martin would have brought the staff….

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Tee Martin saga leaves unanswered questions, but firm statement seems to tie him to USC

tee-martin.jpgKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The roughly 36-hour Tee Martin saga is over, and the ending was a kick in the gut for Tennessee fans.

No, the UT coaching staff will not be made or broken by the hiring of a receivers coach, but the addition of Martin would have offered a practical recruiting boost for Butch Jones’ staff and a nice morale boost for fans eager to see one of their favorite heroes return to Knoxville.

When Tee said, ‘No thanks,’ the inevitable online meltdown did in fact occur, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, for all the Twitter-hate sent in Martin’s direction, there were plenty of sensible fans who wished him well.

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Mel Kiper’s latest on Tennessee prospects Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter and others

cordarrelle-patterson.jpgKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper said today that he believes Tennessee junior wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson could be a mid-first round NFL draft selection.

If he stays for his senior year, Kiper said, Patterson could go in the top five overall picks.

I’m not an agent or a financial adviser, but that doesn’t seem like much of a choice. My free advice to Patterson is to start getting ready for April’s draft.

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Rapper Swiperboy to new coach Butch Jones: ‘Welcome to the Vol City’ (with video)


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Former Tennessee basketball player Renaldo Woolridge, better known as “Swiperboy,” has quickly recorded a new song welcoming Butch Jones to Tennessee.


Swiperboy transferred to USC but has retained his allegiance to Tennessee.

He calls Jones the “perfect coach for the position,” and borrows from rapper Mike Jones’ 2005 hit “Who is Mike Jones?”

Orange on my body, best believe we on a mission
The solution, revolution, the perfect coach for the position
Who dat?
Butch Jones!
Who?
Butch Jones!
Who?
Butch Jones!

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Butch Jones on verge of completing his staff; here’s what it might look like

tee-martin.jpgKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Only three days after he was hired, new Tennessee coach Butch Jones appears to be on the verge of finishing his first coaching staff.


UPDATE: Southern California assistant and former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin is in Knoxville meeting with Jones today.

Cincinnati confirmed and Mark Elder tweeted that he would joining the Vols as tight ends coach (and presumably special teams coordinator). Elder has handled a variety of positions for Jones, most recently coaching safeties. Defensive coordinator John Jancek has already been removed from the list of coaches at UC and is ready to work in Knoxville. UC also confirmed that offensive line coach Don Mahoney was leaving immediately for UT.

Remember, the Bearcats will still need coaches to handle the team’s appearance in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 27, so it’s possible the rest of Jones crew might not arrive until then. Or it’s possible they could juggle dual roles between the two schools.

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Butch Jones tells players he came to Tennessee to ‘be the best’ (with video)



KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — New Tennessee football coach Butch Jones told his players that he came here to “be the best” and he wanted them to embrace the same “Tennessee swagger.”

Jones talked to players for the first time in a team meeting Friday afternoon. The university posted video clips of the introduction on Saturday.

“You don’t know what you have,” Jones told players. “When you look at the stadium, your facilities, they’re the best in the country. You are the best of the best. We’re going to act, talk, think like the best, because that’s who we are. That’s why you came here, and I’ll be honest, that’s why I came here.”

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Tennessee’s Butch Jones: A look at how he might build his staff


butch-jones-presser.JPGKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — New Tennessee coach Butch Jones has only
nine days until an NCAA-mandated “dead period,” which means ramping up recruiting efforts will be a priority.

Because of that, we can assume that Jones would like to get at least part of his staff in Knoxville and then on the road as soon as possible.

We should have more clarity on his staff in the next 24-48 hours, but here’s what we know, along with some educated guesses.

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How does Cincinnati’s rapid hiring of Tommy Tuberville affect Butch Jones and Tennessee?

tommy-tuberville.jpgKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Cincinnati wasted no time finding a replacement for Butch Jones.

One day after Jones was hired as the new head coach at Tennessee, the Bearcats announced the hiring of Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville.

The extremely rapid hire could eliminate some hurdles for Jones as he builds his staff at Tennessee. Or it could add another complication.

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New UT coach Butch Jones dances to rap song recorded by one of his players at UC (video)

butch-jones2.jpgKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — New Tennessee coach Butch Jones is known for his goofy earnestness, but he’s not a bad dancer either.

In an apparent tradition last year, Cincinnati players celebrated victories to a rap song called “Get the Dub” recorded by then-junior Walter Stewart.

Jones got in the middle of the action in this video.
(Update: The video isn’t embedding properly, but here’s the link.)
(Update 2: This video is even better. Same song, more Butch dancing.)