If these allegations are true, and my gut feeling after reading everything is that they probably are, there’s no denying that this is a terrible situation for Tennessee. And, if they’re true, part of me wants to believe that Butch Jones just made a very poor choice that he quickly owned up to — since he allegedly did apologize. But the other part of me says that, if they’re true, Jones should be fired. 

This is such a Tennessee thing. As soon as this program is set for its return to the limelight, it comes under a huge cloud. Let’s not kid ourselves, UT fans: this was going to hurt recruiting somewhat anyway. But now? Now Jones will have to be a miracle worker to put together a top recruiting class — even if the allegations aren’t true.