Jones on rumors of altercation with Crowder: ‘Absolutely ridiculous’

KNOXVILLE,TN - JUNE 03, 2015 - offensive lineman Mack Crowder #57 of the Tennessee Volunteers 2015 headshot taken in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics

KNOXVILLE, TN (WJHL) – Rumors are swirling on Rocky Top that Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones may have punched Tennessee High alum and Vols offensive lineman Mack Crowder during fall camp.

Cowder started at center last year before moving into a reserve role this season, and the day that move was announced he missed practice for unspecified reasons.

This story, though, went untold until the past couples days when the rumor spread through social media. When asked about it today, Jones was straight to the point.

“Absolutely ridiculous,” he said, before staring straight forward in silence.

If there is any truth the rumor that he did it either in an altercation, to teach younger players about toughness, or whatever other reason is being passed around, it will make its way out soon enough.

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