The embattled fifth-year Tennessee coach is somehow hanging onto his job despite a miserable season that includes one win over a Power Five opponent, zero offensive touchdowns in their last three games, two losses by at least 38 points apiece and the worst offense among all Power Five teams.
The latest embarrassment for the once-proud program was a 45-7 defeat at Alabama in Week 8 in which they had 108 total yards, committed nine penalties and averaged 2.8 yards per pass attempt.
Jones kept his job on Saturday night upon arriving back in Knoxville and, as of Monday, morning was still the head coach at Tennessee. His ability to stay employed is his most remarkable accomplishment of the season. And now he's finally found the secret sauce.
"I want to make this clear," he said at Monday's press conference. "Tennessee is not OK with being 3-4, and Butch Jones is not OK with being 3-4."
Only a handful of coaches can get away with the bizarre third-person comments (e.g. Mike Leach). Jones is definitely not one of them. Then again Jones can't get away with anything and nothing else is working, so let's give it a shot.