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Jones: Tennessee’s proud seniors take ownership

July 17th, 2013 - By Steve James

First-year Tennessee coach Butch

Jones is placing a heavy emphasis on pride.

He spoke of prideful seniors hungry to help the

Volunteers’ tradition-rich program rebound and of prideful fans

eager to halt losing streaks to rivals Florida and Alabama

Wednesday at Southeastern Conference media days.

After three straight losing seasons, Jones says the

seniors have “really stepped up and taken great ownership in our

football program.”

Jones faces a challenging schedule in starting his

turnaround job, including road trips to Oregon, Florida and

Alabama. The Volunteers have lost eight in a row to the Gators and

six straight to the Crimson Tide.

Jones says that proud fan base reminds him of those

streaks “all the time.”