“I evaluate myself hour by hour, minute by minute. Every night when I kind of slow down a little bit, I always replay the day over in my mind. What would you have done differently? How could you have done it better?
I think that’s all part of being a competitor, but I think the big thing is making Tennessee football better each and every day, whether it’s interacting with our fans, whether it’s recruiting, whether it’s developing our players. That’s what we need to do to continue to grow and elevate our program back to its rightful place among the elite of college football.”
One of two dominant teams in the 1990s — along with Florida — Tennessee hasn’t won the SEC Championship Game since 1998 and hasn’t finished in the national top 10 since 2001. Jones is fourth Volunteer coach in six seasons, following Phillip Fulmer (2008), Lane Kiffin (2009) and Derek Dooley (2010-12).