Vols' Jones Defends His Program

Posted at 8:23 PM, Feb 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-20 21:23:27-05

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has defended his program's culture in his first public comments since a group of women sued the school over its handling of sexual assault complaints made against student-athletes.

Jones didn't take questions regarding the lawsuit in his brief remarks Saturday. Jones said "people who understand what we're all about, they understand we have a good culture in place."

The federal lawsuit filed February 9 in Nashville by six unidentified women alleged the school has violated Title IX regulations and created a "hostile sexual environment" through a policy of indifference toward assaults by student-athletes.

Jones' comments Saturday came three days after defensive lineman Alexis Johnson was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment. Johnson has been suspended from team-related activities.