The first thing you have to know is, there's a pregame prayer over the public address system at Tennessee's Neyland Stadium. If you've ever heard a prayer said in front of a crowd, you can imagine what that typically sounds like.
Be with us today, Jesus, as we honor you with this student-athlete endeavor, and bless the officials, Lord, that they might not screw over the Vols.
Something like that, anyway.
Saturday, however, was a little different.
Pregame prayer in Neyland thanked God for a new coach. #Ouch
-- Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) August 31, 2013
Tennessee ran off Derek Dooley after he went 15-21 from 2010-12, and replaced him with Butch Jones, who is a gift from above.
"Oh Lord, you make all things new. We thank you for the new school year and espically our new coach." #pregameprayer #vols #vfl #gbo
-- Anna Trundle (@trundlehead) August 31, 2013
That was met with a round of amens from the congregation.
Tennessee's pre-game prayer featured a thank you for a new coach. And many said "Amen."
-- Daniel Lewis (@DanielNooga) August 31, 2013
And so there you have it. Butch Jones: God's gift to Tennessee. No pressure.