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Tennessee congressional candidate says he'll fulfill his promises unlike Butch Jones

Former Tennessee coach Butch Jones now an analyst for Alabama watches from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football Spring game, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

A candidate for the United States House of Representatives in Tennessee’s Second District really wants you to know he doesn’t like Butch Jones.

Republican Jason Emert’s new campaign ad mocks a Tennessee ad that Jones filmed during his Volunteer tenure. Emert, a former Southern Illinois football punter, builds a (terribly mortared) wall in what appears to be someone’s front yard in an attempt to say that he’ll keep his promises unlike Jones and help President Donald Trump build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.


For comparison’s sake, here’s the Jones ad being mocked. Jones’ mortar skills are far better than Emert’s.

Jones unceremoniously parted ways with Tennessee during a tumultuous 2017 season. His folksy sayings — he was going to build the Tennessee program brick-by-brick, his team were champions of life, etc — are an easy target for mocking.

So is Emert’s ad. The replies to it are generally not kind. That’s what you’d expect given the combination of social media, our current political climate and Emert’s terrible wall-building skills.




For what it’s worth, construction has not started on Trump’s proposed wall, so Emert’s front-yard wall is further along than Trump’s border wall. And if Emert makes like Jones and can’t keep his promise with Trump’s wall — or loses his election — he at least can take solace that he has a chance for a lower-level gig in Alabama.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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