Jones: 'This isn't our hobby. This is our livelihood'

With a relatively young family in tow, and a staff that he had kept together very well by coaching standards, Butch Jones had a lot to think about when mulling over opportunities at Purdue, Colorado and his eventual landing place in Tennessee. Loyalty and family were two of the first things on his mind, and in coaching those two things go hand in hand.

That loyalty and continuity is important to Jones, as seven of his nine assistants have at least three years of experience on his staff (only Jay Graham and Tommy Thigpen are entering their first season with Jones). Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian has been alongside Jones the longest with eight seasons under his belt, and combined the seven assistants have totaled 36 seasons working alongside Jones in some capacity.

Of their 124 years of combined coaching experience as a staff, a solid 24 of those years have come coaching in the SEC.

It's evident that Jones values not only loyalty, but creating a family environment for his players and coaches, as well as their families. That was obvious during his time at Cincinnati, and will be something that he carries with him in Knoxville because he has so much invested in his guys.

"You talk about loyalty, as a head football coach, not only are you responsible for your own family, but nine other assistants, their wives, their children and then all your support staff. It's a big obligation. That's why loyalty is so big." Jones told GoVolsExtra.com

"You have to understand, this is a way of life for our families. This isn't our hobby. This is our livelihood." he explained.

"My family lives and dies on game-day. My wife will become a second mother to 105 individuals on our football team. My sons will live and die Tennessee football everyday. It is a traumatic change at times to move your family, but they're extremely excited to join the community.

"I think my kids have worn Tennessee gear every day since they left the press conference." Jones added.

Video: Honor and Tradition at Notre Dame

In just a few more days, two of the most storied programs in the history of college football, Alabama and Notre Dame, will square off against each other in the BCS National Championship game.

Here's a very well produced video highlighting the tradition at Notre Dame matched up with highlights from the season. The last line alone is enough to give you chills.

"The pride and tradition of Notre Dame football will not be left to the weak, timid, or non-committed."

Friday TV - Cotton Bowl

Two ten win teams go at it tonight with Texas A&M and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel taking on Oklahoma. Additionally, two high school All American games will be on as well.

Eastern time listed.


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Cotton Bowl - Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M - 8 - FOX

High School:

Under Armour All American Game - 5 - ESPN

Semper Fi All American Bowl - 9 - NFL Network

Oregon notches one-point safety in Fiesta Bowl

"We have an unusual ruling," official Ron Cherry announced to the Fiesta Bowl crowd Thursday night. He wasn't lying.

After an Oregon touchdown, Kansas State defensive tackle Javonta Boyd blocked the ensuing extra point try. The ball landed in the hands of Kansas State defensive end Ryan Mueller at the one-yard line, where Mueller immediately retreated into his own end zone. Mueller lateraled to defensive back Allen Chapman, who was tackled while still inside the end zone.

After reviewing the play, Cherry explained NCAA Rule 8, Section 3, Article 2, Subsection I, which in layman's terms is known as a one-point safety. 

Oregon had already gone for two after its first touchdown, and now the Ducks got a PAT in the most unconventional way possible.

As of press time, research wasn't clear how many times a one-point safety has happened in college football history, but the most recent (and possibly only other) occurance came in a 2004 Texas - Texas A&M game. Oddly enough, both games were called by ESPN's Brad Nessler. 

Here is the video of the last time the game's rarest scoring play took place.

Of course, Twitter had some fun with the one-point safety.

The Scoop on Ron Turner to FIU

We have learned that Florida International has tabbed Ron Turner as its next head coach. The move comes as a surprise to most, as Turner last worked in the college game in 2004. Nearly a full month after removing head coach Mario Cristobal, FIU's hiring of Turner is the 28th of this off-season, filling the last open open job at this time.

A native of Martinez, Calif., Turner did most of his college coaching on the West Coast, working Pacific, his alma mater, before moving on to Arizona, USC, Stanford and earning his first head coaching job at San Jose State in 1992. Turner served as the head coach at Illinois from 1997-04, where he posted a winning record in two of his eight seasons but led the Fighting Illini to the 2001 Big Ten title. 

Turner then moved on to the NFL, first as the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 2005-09, helping the Bears reach Super Bowl XLI, before spending two years with the Indianapolis Colts and coaching quarterbacks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2012 season. 

Turner's penchant for putting points on the board will be imperative at FIU, as he takes over a team that went 3-9 in 2012 and scored 21 points or less in six of its 12 outings. In the NCAA's official rankings, the Golden Panthers finished 2012 80th in rushing offense, 56th in passing efficiency, 80th in total offense and 83rd in scoring offense. Quarterback Jake Medlock, who will be a junior next season, led FIU with 2,127 passing yards for 13 touchdowns against two interceptions. 

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