CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee is perhaps the most outspoken of the national media types when it comes to Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones. But Sallee cranked up his criticism in yesterday’s Smothered & Covered podcast, saying Tennessee needs to fire Jones “right this very instant.”
It was a no-holds-barred tirade from Sallee, who said Jones’ hefty buyout should not prevent his termination.
“This is embarrassing, Tennessee,” Sallee said. “You’re poorly coached, you’re poorly motivated, you’re a dysfunctional as any team I have seen since 2012, Auburn.”
Sallee was referring to the Tigers’ collapse under Gene Chizik, who was subsequently fired.
On Jones’ buyout, Sallee said that shouldn’t matter.
“Your long-term loss by keeping Butch Jones around is far worse than the short-term loss you’d have by firing him right now,” he said.
“This is going to tell you whether (Tennessee athletics director) John Currie gets it or if he doesn’t,” Sallee added.
Sallee added that the early signing period in December makes it critical for schools to make coaching decisions early.
“If you don’t have all of your ducks in a row by the time it’s time to making a coaching decision, it’s too late,” he said. If Tennessee were to fire Jones after losing to Vanderbilt — “because that’s gonna happen” — the Vols would have two weeks to fire Jones, hire a new coach and secure the recruiting class, he added.
The entire podcast is available on iTunes.