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Tennessee's Jones embraces unfamiliar challenge

4:32 PM, Feb 28, 2013   |    comments
Jones said if you want to be the best, you've got to compete against the best, and that's why he wanted to coach in the SEC.
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By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Butch Jones believes he knows what it takes to revitalize a program that has fallen upon hard times, even though he didn't face that challenge at either of his two previous stops.

Jones is just over a week away from starting his first spring practice at Tennessee, which fired Derek Dooley last November.

After going 50-27 in six seasons at Central Michigan (2007-09) and Cincinnati (2010-12), Jones may have the toughest job of any new coach.

The Volunteers finished 5-7 last fall for their third consecutive losing season, the first time that's happened at Tennessee since 1909-11.

That's a new situation for Jones, who inherited winning teams at Central Michigan and Cincinnati. Jones believes his staff can turn things around at Tennessee once they establish a winning culture.

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