The Butch Jones era of Tennessee Football was one marred by dysfunction and defined by coaching malpractice. The used-car salesman that is Butch Jones managed to stockpile a treasure trove of talent that he was never able to do anything with.
At least nothing that lived up to the standards the University of Tennessee had. Year after year, it was cliche after cliche and gimmick on top of gimmick. Not to mention the countless scandals and endless drama.
The fans just want to know what really happened so that the healing process can continue.
Well, the hope for the desired tells all resurfaced when former Volunteers defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie sent “Vol-Twitter” into a frenzy back in late June after sending out this tweet.
At this point I can’t wait till someone with a camera knocks at my door and says “excuse me we’re doing a Netflix film on UT athletics 2013-2018”😩😭Idk if that’s gonna be an indication on where the worlds at or how crazy that time period might have been. 😂😂😂🤷🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️
— Kahlil McKenzie Jr. (@Kahlil_Mckenzie) June 27, 2020
After reaching out to a few former players, former Vols outside-linebacker Chris Weatherd obliged. Some of you may remember Chris as the player who called into the Paul Finebaum Show.
You can find that video here.
Nothing was off-limits.
Chris touched on everything from recruiting under Jones to the culture that was at UT. The topics of the infamous Kongbo cleats/FIFA tweet and Shy Tuttle helmet incident are discussed. At the end, stick around for a little deep dive into Chris’s personal time at UT and his career post college.
You can find the full interview on Apple Podcasts by searching Fanrun Radio or clicking below.
Chris grew up in Athens, TX, and graduated from Carrollton Creekview High School in Carrollton, TX.
After graduation, Chris attended Trinity Valley Community College for two years before committing to the Vols as a part of the 2014 class. Chris received offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Auburn, and Texas A&M, as well as Tennessee.
In two seasons with Tennessee, Chris recorded 21 tackles, including 4.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and 3 QB hurries. The former Vol went undrafted in the 2016 NFL draft.
He signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent.
Chris excelled during the rookie minicamp but unfortunately did not make the final roster. He went on to sign with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football league but ultimately retired after one season.