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New Vols coach facing uphill challenge in the SEC

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08:19 AM ET 02.12 | The SEC teaches harsh lessons, and Butch Jones has already learned a bit about life in college football's fast lane. By going head-to-head with various SEC programs in pursuit of talented recruits for Tennessee, Jones got a dose of the challenge that lies ahead. "Everything is accelerated in the SEC," he said. ... UT's signing class ranked No. 20 nationally, according to Rivals.com. But that was only 10th in the SEC. Down the stretch the Vols couldn't close the deal on a handful of coveted recruits. Among them were running backs Derrick Henry, who signed with Alabama, and Johnathan Ford, who chose Auburn. As if going head-to-head against SEC coaches wasn't tough enough, Jones lost prime defensive back prospect Vonn Bell to [Urban Meyer].

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February 12, 2013  09:16 AM ET

I know how he feels....

February 12, 2013  09:33 AM ET

He took over a program that was in the cellar......can stay at that level or move up....which will it be??..SEC will not show any compassion to bottom dwellers...got his work cut out for him....

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February 12, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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No story on Alabama having 4 players arrested for robbery? Okay.

Wow! Really? I'd like to hear more of that...

February 12, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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No story on Alabama having 4 players arrested for robbery? Okay.

Don't worry, it will be all over the place. Alabama never gets a free pass on anything.

February 12, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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SEC will not show any compassion to bottom dwellers...got his work cut out for him....

LOL, what??? Are you telling me that the SEC will not show any compassion to Arky, Auburn, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Missouri, Vandy and Tennessee. I don't believe it!!!! :-)

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February 12, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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Wow! Really? I'd like to hear more of that...

LOL, believe me, we won't hear too much about it!!! After all it's the SEC and most of their "alleged crime stories are Hush-Hush" !!! :-)

February 12, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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Second degree robbery(essentially, a robbery with any weapon other than a gun)Eddie Williams- 2012 recruit, 5*, top ranked safety from last yearTyler Hayes- 2012 recruit, 4*, OLBD.J. Pettway- 2011 recruit, 4*, DEBrent Calloway- 2011 recruit, 4*, OLB(listed as a halfback now)

Did the Cops find any "Deer Antler Spray" on them"??? LOL.

February 12, 2013  10:21 AM ET

How many times can a journalist mention "SEC" on one article? Geez.

February 12, 2013  10:32 AM ET
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Don't worry, it will be all over the place. Alabama never gets a free pass on anything.

LOL, why should any player or team "get a free pass", when players from that team get arrested for an alleged crime???????

February 12, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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Did the Cops find any "Deer Antler Spray" on them"??? LOL.

No, but they had bear claws and moose antlers..... ;^D

February 12, 2013  10:40 AM ET
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No, but they had bear claws and moose antlers..... ;^D

Those are just as bad!!! :-)

February 12, 2013  10:42 AM ET
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LOL, why should any player or team "get a free pass", when players from that team get arrested for an alleged crime???????

I'm not saying they should. Just informing someone that we won't get a free pass from it.

February 12, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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LOL, believe me, we won't hear too much about it!!! After all it's the SEC and most of their "alleged crime stories are Hush-Hush" !!! :-)

You are crazy. It's already been reported on ESPN. Sorry to burst your bubble.

February 12, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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You are crazy. It's already been reported on ESPN. Sorry to burst your bubble.

JK, did you noticed my :-)??? But you and I know that, very little will become of this story and alleged crime!!! :-)

February 12, 2013  11:10 AM ET
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Second degree robbery(essentially, a robbery with any weapon other than a gun)Eddie Williams- 2012 recruit, 5*, top ranked safety from last yearTyler Hayes- 2012 recruit, 4*, OLBD.J. Pettway- 2011 recruit, 4*, DEBrent Calloway- 2011 recruit, 4*, OLB(listed as a halfback now)

Heard it did include firearms charges.

And is it true, 2nd arrest in the last week for at least one of them?

 
February 12, 2013  11:13 AM ET
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JK, did you noticed my :-)??? But you and I know that, very little will become of this story and alleged crime!!! :-)

They are not going to be with the team. I guarantee you that. And you guys will get to say it's roster management. :)

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