Butch Jones and Donnie Tyndall, Michigan natives, haven’t crossed paths until now

Butch Jones meets with reporters earlier this month. (photo by Evan Woodbery)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Although they grew up only a few miles apart, Tennessee football coach Butch Jones said he hasn’t crossed paths with new men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall in the coaching world.

Jones wasn’t present on Tuesday when Tyndall was introduced as the Vols’ new men’s basketball coach. But that didn’t stop Tyndall, a native of Grand Rapids, from taking a jab at Jones’ hometown.

All the Grand Rapids guys think those Saugatuck guys are really soft. Let him know that,” Tyndall joked.

Grand Rapids (pop. 188,040) is about 35 miles northeast of Saugatuck (pop. 925).