The feeling among some is that Butch Jones is facing a must-win game as his Vols get ready to face the Gamecocks in Rocky Top on Saturday afternoon.
The Tennessee coach has been his team get off to a 3-2 start with the two losses coming to main rivals Florida and Georgia, and the program spent a bye week stewing over a 41-0 home loss to the Bulldogs.
Nonetheless, Jones doesn’t see his situation being as bleak as others are making it out to be. While speaking on a Nashville radio station on Wednesday evening, Jones said athletic director John Currie has his back.
“He’s been extremely supportive, and he understands everything that we’ve built, everything that we’re going through with a young football team,” Jones said, according to 104.5 The Zone’s “3HL.”
To listen to the part regarding Jones and Currie, you can click ahead to the 7-minute mark of that audio.
Still, there are many who believe Jones’ tenure in Knoxville could be at stake against a South Carolina team that dispatched Arkansas 48-22.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that Jones would be making a quarterback change and inserting redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano as the starter in place of junior Quinten Dormady to hopefully provide a boost to the offense.
In the interview, Jones said he’s “in constant dialogue” with Currie, who took over as the university’s athletic director in February.
“John and I talk all the time,” Jones said. “The great thing is, John has been here, and he understands the program. He understands where it’s come from.”
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