After flirting with a few other candidates, the University of Tennessee hired a coach last week.
A coach named Butch.
Butch Jones, formerly the coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats, is now the head coach of my beloved Volunteers. I listened to the impressive press conference introducing him, read several articles about him, and even began following him on Twitter (and he actually tweets). But the most impressive thing about him to me is his name.
Butch. The team I have followed since childhood has a coach named Butch.
Or as many around here have been spelling it: bUTch.
Yes, I know that his given name is Lyle. The only other Lyle I’ve ever heard of is Lyle Lovett and he was married to Julia Roberts. So–Lyle isn’t a bad name either.
But I’m glad he goes by Butch.
So, Butch, or Coach Jones, if you are reading this–welcome to Big Orange Country. I hope your stay here is filled with many wins, championships, good times, and the growth in character of the many young men who will pass through this storied program.
To everyone else, maybe you don’t like football in general or the University of Tennessee in particular. If that is the case I hope you like one thing…
That we have a coach named Butch. What a great name!
What do you think of the name “Butch?”
Are you a Vol fan? If not..why?