The Tennessee Volunteers suffered a heartbreaking 26-20 loss to the Florida Gators on a hail mary to end regulation Saturday at The Swamp. The loss may move the Vols out of the top-25, and they now hold a 14-19 SEC record — 2-5 over the last seven — during Butch Jones’ tenure as head coach.

Naturally, many are blaming Jones for the loss and recent Vols’ struggles. That appeared to include SEC Network analyst and former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik:

However, it turns out that quote from Chizik is completely made-up, with SEC Network anchors Dari Nowkhah and Peter Burns among those to firmly shoot it down.

So, how does this happen? The (fake) quote was tweeted out by former Alabama safety Will Lowery, owner of nearly 18,000 Twitter followers and a blue checkmark.  Maybe he just made it up, or maybe he found it from someone else (who made it up) and passed it along. Then people see the blue checkmark and follower count, and understandably assume it’s real. And that’s how it has nearly 2,000 retweets at the time of this post.

Hey, it’s possible that Butch Jones is indeed on the hot seat, and SEC Network might be interested in hiring him if he’s fired by Tennessee. But, Gene Chizik never actually spoke of this on television himself, despite what some people on Twitter may be trying to tell you.

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