KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee coach Butch Jones said he was “fortunate to get out” of a gridlocked Atlanta during a recruiting trip on Tuesday.
Jones said he pulled off the highway to wait out the delays at an emptied mall as an unexpected snowstorm pummeled the region.
Jones tweeted from the passenger seat of his car on Tuesday a photo of a slow-moving Atlanta highway.
“It was crazy,” he said.
— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) January 28, 2014
Even so, Jones may have dodged the worst of Atlanta shutdown, which stranded many people overnight.
Knoxville got its own dose of heavy snow, but seemed better equipped to handle it than cities in Georgia and Alabama, which are still digging out.
The weather wasn’t believed to have stopped Jones from making his scheduled recruiting visits in the Atlanta area with running backs coach Robert Gillespie.
Coaches like Mark Elder, who got a considerably warmer recruiting assignment, boasted about it on Twitter.
I’m having trouble getting the AC to work in my hotel. It’s SOOO warm down here in Florida. @UTCoachG you having the same problems?
— Mark Elder (@UTCoachElder) January 29, 2014