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Why did Jay Graham leave Tennessee, and what does Butch Jones do next?

jay-graham-knoxnews.jpgKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Why do coaches so rarely retain — or, as Butch Jones would say, ‘rehire’ — coaches from previous staffs?

The stunning news Monday morning that Jay Graham was leaving his alma mater for Florida State may be the best illustration.

Head coaches seek loyalty. Assistant coaches seek security and, at times, upward mobility. Those values sometimes clash. That can lead to breakups, particularly in marriages of convenience that occur in the frantic few months between the hiring of a new coach and National Signing Day.

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