Tennessee football coach Butch Jones (Times-News file photo)
CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The introduction said it all.
“About four days from now there’s going to be another coach from south of here visiting Athens, Tennessee.”
Unprompted, a full auditorium at Bradley Central High School booed in unison.
“Now welcome your coach, Lyle Allen “Butch” Jones Jr.”
Wearing his standard navy blue suit and orange-accented tie, Tennessee coach Butch Jones waved to a standing ovation. Friday marked the latest in Jones’ statewide speaking circuit. As he has done from Knoxville to Nashville to Memphis, UT’s first-year coach preached his vision for the rebirth of Vols football.
This stop on the tour came with an unspoken agenda, though.
Alabama coach Nick Saban is slated as the featured speaker for the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce’s seventh annual benefit dinner, about 30 miles north of Cleveland, on Tuesday.
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