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We have got to change the mindset

Change is coming.

Butch Jones hinted at this during his post-match press conference. On Monday, things started moving.

The Red Wolves had a meeting Sunday night where Jones told the team either “You all, and if not, we wish you well and move on.”

Every player on the roster attended the meeting, and indicated they still wanted to be part of the programme, but on Monday, three more entered the transfer window.

On Monday, linebacker Corbett Mims, defensive linebacker Detravion Green, and contractor Jacob Innes, signed for the gate. This month in a row, Marcel Murray has also entered the gate, which does not necessarily indicate a move.

“We have to change our mindset. ‘We have to keep building on our culture,’” Jones said, after the 24-22 loss to Texas State on Saturday. Competitive depth, weight room competition, off-season competition, spring ball competition, bootcamp competition, and relentless competitors.

“I’ve been assigned here to do work. I’ve been appointed here to fix the situation. And it’s going to be me and I’m going to do it the way we build the program because it’s been implemented in three different places.

“No one will blink. I know exactly where we are. I know exactly who is in and who is not in. I know everything. I know the dynamics of the conference now, and I know what we need to recruit and it won’t be fixed in one recruiting chapter. I’m just here to tell you that. It will be fixed over the course of number of years.

“This is the current situation we are in. It is what it is. We will continue to grow. I have faith and confidence in the players who are back that they will be ready to go and that should drive us every day.”

Transfer receivers Javan Howes (Cincinnati) and Achim Hayes (Kentucky) entered in November. Seth Hayes entered wide receiver and linebacker Prince Howard in October and Nick Lewis, a transfer from Kentucky, had to leave the team the week he started his first game.

The NCAA introduced the transfer portal on October 15, 2018, providing athletes with a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to move. They only need to request compliance by entering their name. Usually, it takes 24 to 48 hours for a player to appear at their request. Schools are free to contact the player without restrictions once their name appears in the portal.

While a player entering his name into the transfer portal means that he intends to explore his options, this does not necessarily mean that he will leave. The player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are not obligated to keep the player in the scholarship once they enter the portal.

There were 2,646 FBS players entered the transfer portal during the 2020-2021 transfer cycle, per source. This is up from 1,692 in 2019-20 and 1,717 in 2018-19.

This increase can be attributed at least in part to a new NCAA policy that allows student-athletes to transition once in their careers without having to sit for a year in residence. This means that all players who enter the transfer portal for the first time will be immediately eligible at their new school as long as they meet the NCAA deadline for entry.

Jones said Saturday that the guys will start working in the weightlifting room on Tuesday and go three days a week for the next two weeks.

“We can’t afford to take six weeks off,” he said.

Chris Hammer / 247 Sports contributed to this article.

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