Butch Jones desperately needed a conference win against South Carolina on Saturday.
Instead, he dropped his third consecutive game as the Vols offense failed to score a touchdown during a 15-9 loss to the Gamecocks at Neyland Stadium.
The game’s final pass, an incomplete attempt at a game-winner from Vols QB Jarrett Gaurantano, had barely hit the ground before the ESPN broadcast was discussing the impact of the loss as it pertains to Jones’ future as the head coach at Tennessee.
Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville served as the color analyst for the game, and he was posed the question about Jones’ future. His response was telling.
“Well, it’s going to be tough,” Tuberville said in the seconds after the final play of the game. “He’s got a tough road. Next week is Alabama, and we all know what that does. He’s lost three in a row. Three SEC games. People are really, really upset about what’s going on, especially the 41-0 loss to Georgia. That’s just– that’s hard to swallow.”
Tennessee, now 3-3 on the season, will play No. 1 Alabama next week.
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