Butch Jones talks recruiting, says 'we are going to win a lot of games'
Posted by: Josh Kendall on December 17, 2012
No head coach in the country will outwork Butch Jones on the recruiting trail, Tennessee's new head coach promised Sunday night.
"You are not going to find a harder-working head coach than Butch Jones when it comes to recruiting," Jones said Sunday night on The Nation radio program with John Brice and Chris Low.
Recruiting is the key to getting the Volunteers program back where it was, Jones said at the end of what was his 10th day on the job.
"There are going to be good days and bad days, but when that foundation is in place, look out because we are going to win a lot of football games here," he said.
Jones had three goals for his first 10 days on the job, he said. They were: complete "a championship coaching staff," recruit and meet with Tennessee's current players. He completed his coaching staff with the hiring of wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni, who had "a number of SEC offers sitting out there," Jones said.
"There is a difference between a teacher and a presenter. We wanted great teachers and obviously the ability to recruit all over the country," Jones said of his coaching staff.
He hired each assistant coach with an idea of what parts of the country they had recruited in the past, he said.
"We're in a people business," he said. "Recruiting is about relationships."
Finding time to meet the current players was the toughest part, he said.
"It was a great balancing act, but I wanted to sit down and meet with them face to face and get their feel for the program and really find out about them," he said. "I just think the more you know about your players, the more you can push them."
Jones is not intimidated entering the SEC, he said, although he added that "each and every day is the equivalent of playing in the Super Bowl" when you're in the conference.
"This is my third time taking over a program so I've been there, done that. It has not been in the SEC, but you know what? Kids are kids, players are players and the plan is invaluable," he said. "It's going to be how quickly they buy into it."
Here's a look a behind-the-scenes look Jones as he took over the Tennessee job:
Josh Kendall is a staff writer for CoachingSearch.com and has covered the SEC for more than 15 years for papers such as the Athens Banner-Herald, Macon Telegraph, and The State. He’s the father of two boys who he’s hoping don’t inherit his wide receiver frame and offensive guard feet. Follow @EyeOnCoaches on twitter and send your feedback to email@example.com