Don't bet against Butch Jones

Why new coach will have Tennessee competing for SEC East title by 2014

Updated: December 7, 2012, 6:39 PM ET
By Phil Steele | Special to ESPN Insider
Butch JonesJim Owens/Icon SMIButch Jones will be Tennessee's fourth coach in six seasons.

The Tennessee Volunteers' hiring of Butch Jones today from the Cincinnati Bearcats has raised plenty of questions among Vols fans. The first concern has to do with his readiness to take the big step up to coaching in the SEC. Second, he has to overcome the perception that he has ridden Brian Kelly's coattails to success in his previous stops at Cincinnati and Central Michigan.

The biggest question that Tennessee fans are likely to have today is this: How quickly can Jones get the program back into its traditional role of contending for SEC titles?


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