CINCINNATI - I don't know about you, but there are two things these days I can't seem to get away from: Christmas music and the Butch Jones "where's he going"? coaching saga .
It was only a matter of time before the two merged.
Sure, it could be "All I Want for Christmas is a Job at UT" or "Silent Coach, Shifty Coach" or "Orange and White Christmas."
But this one seems to make the most sense. Keep in mind, it's early, so my judgment and songwriting are cloudy.
On the 12th Day of ButchWatch, Coach Jones gave to us…
12 reporters digging
'11 Big East champions
Nine Bearcat wins
Eight gazillion tweets
Seven UT losses
Six orange neckties
Five-hour drive (to Knoxville)
Four wooing schools
Three years and gone,
Too many rumors,
and a job in the SEC.
Or maybe we could go this route:
UC better watch out, UC better not cry
Three years and out -
They tell their coaches bye-bye
Another one is leaving our town
He's made a long list
And visited thrice
This morning we found out which one thought he was nice
Another coach is leaving our town
He won the conference two times
He was wooed by many teams
But he's headed down to Knoxville town
To sing "Rocky Top" incessantly
Oh! UC better watch out
UC better not cry
The coaching search starts now
Who's the next guy they'll sign?
‘Cause another coach is leaving our town.
My apologies to Christmas carol writers everywhere.