Tennessee and Butch Jones facing a test of resiliency
By Dustin Dopirak, Knoxville News Sentinel
Tennessee head coach Butch Jones hangs his head as he exits the field after Tennessee's 28-27 loss to Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -
When Butch Jones took the podium for his post-game press conference after Tennessee’s devastating 28-27 loss to Florida on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla., he already appeared to want to move on and talk about anything else.
“We just gotta keep grinding as a football team and a football program,” the third-year Tennessee coach said. “That’s all I can say. Our players have worked exceptionally hard. I know that doesn’t help matters. It stings. But anything in life (requires) the ability to persevere and show resiliency. You keep grinding, you keep pounding the rock every day and you keep building it.”
For Jones, getting past Saturday’s game will not be that simple.
His decisions in Saturday’s loss, especially the decision to kick an extra point instead of go for a two-point conversion when the Vols (2-2, 0-1 SEC) scored to take a 26-14 lead with 10:19 to go in the game, were met with confusion and disagreement from fans and pundits and have called into question his abilities as a game manager.