Butch Jones leads pep rally for Vol fans

Butch Jones leads pep rally for Vol fans

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"I don't concern myself on anything else," said Jones. "All I know is it's an opportunity to come and sell our vision and get a chance to meet our fans." "I don't concern myself on anything else," said Jones. "All I know is it's an opportunity to come and sell our vision and get a chance to meet our fans."
"I understand there's a big support system for Alabama fans in the Chattanooga area, but we know who our coach is, and we proved it by coming out tonight," said Cleveland resident Scott Hampton. "I understand there's a big support system for Alabama fans in the Chattanooga area, but we know who our coach is, and we proved it by coming out tonight," said Cleveland resident Scott Hampton.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

Cleveland (WATE) - University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones led a pep rally Friday night for Vol fans in Cleveland.

The event began as a response to an Athens event centered around University of Alabama coach Nick Saban.

For many in Bradley County, it was the first time the 800 or so people in attendance saw Butch Jones in person.

Tennessee Sports Radio originally promoted the event as a response to Saban's appearance at the Athens' Chamber of Commerce.

T-S-R was supposed to play a role in the event, but were not there on Friday night.

The event's sponsor, the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club, says the intent of the rally changed.

"This is about Tennessee," said the club's president Pat Fuller. "We're on the high side of things, we want this to be about Tennessee fans, so this has nothing to do with the Saban event on Tuesday."

A spokesperson with UT's athletic department said the university never saw the event as a response to the Saban event.

"I don't concern myself on anything else," said Jones. "All I know is it's an opportunity to come and sell our vision and get a chance to meet our fans."

Despite the change in plans, fans were still thrilled to see their coach.

"I understand there's a big support system for Alabama fans in the Chattanooga area, but we know who our coach is, and we proved it by coming out tonight," said Cleveland resident Scott Hampton.

Organizers are expecting around a thousand people for the Saban event on Tuesday, June 11.

That event begins at 6 p.m. at Tennessee Wesleyan College.

Tickets cost $50 dollars and must be purchased in advance.

To reserve tickets, call 423-745-0334.

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