I like Jones regardless of this past week-end's outcome / but the pundits would have been all over him if they had lost...I remember when coach's were pretty much left alone and got the job done..check out the various coaches say 25- or so years ago...they stayed at the same places...and had ups and downs..but over all pretty good programs...too much $$$$ now involved...below is something I wrote four years ago...when Jones was hired.
Just some thoughts:
I like the new football coach that the University of Tennessee recently hired. Or at least, I sure like what I hear about his daddy.
A few years back the Chief of Police, Lyle Jones, died. He had been the chief for twenty-six years in the small town of Saugatuck, Michigan. I’ve been to Saugatuck. It is north of Green Bay. I was in Green Bay for a three day car and an old rock -n’- roll show, so I took a little drive north to Saugatuck. It was a pretty little town on the lake.
Before Jones was chief he worked as a truck driver for the Harris Pie Company there in Saugatuck. When Lyle Jones died an anonymous citizen posted the following on the funeral home’s website:
“As a kid, I was always in trouble in the late 1960s’. I spent many hours sitting in Chief Jones’s office at the corner of Griffith and Culver. He was always patient and good to me no matter what else I had done.”
Another citizen posted, “Lyle meant a lot to this town.”
Mark Twain maybe said it best when he said, “Let us endeavor to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry”
This past week the University of Tennessee named Butch Jones, the son of Chief Jones, as their new head football coach.
I don’t know a great deal about Butch, but I like what I hear about his father.
I hope there is some “like father like son” in the appointment. It appears that Twain’s thoughts would certainly be applicable to Chief Jones.
December 12, 2012