Butch Jones uses radio show to speak out on critical replay call in Vanderbilt game

Butch Jones watches quarterback Joshua Dobbs throw in practice last week (photo by Evan Woodbery)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — After Tennessee lost to Vanderbilt last Saturday, Vols coach Butch Jones told reporters he didn’t want to talk about the officials.

On Wednesday night*, Jones did just that.

On the pre-Thanksgiving edition of Vol Calls, Jones needed little prodding from host Bob Kesling to address the controversial fourth-and-1 play at the end of Tennessee’s 14-10 loss. Officials on the field spotted the ball short of a first down, but Vanderbilt was awarded the first down after a review. Two plays later, Vandy scored the game-winning touchdown.

Jones’ objection was that in the jumble of players, it was impossible to see the ball and thus the replay couldn’t have met the high standard needed to overturn the call.

“The definition says indisputable video evidence,” Jones said to Kesling. “To answer your question, I could not see the football.”

Jones was careful not to be critical of officials. He said UT and other schools routinely submit game video to the league office with questions or comments, and this week was no different. He said, in general, he thinks officials do a great job.

* Yes, this story is a day old, but I figured no one would read it yesterday, anyway. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.