Tennessee fires Butch Jones

Tennessee fires Butch Jones

Jones' five-year record was 35-26 overall and 14-24 in the SEC.

But losing to Missouri in Columbia, a team that Tennessee defeated 63-37 last season, was all athletic director John Currie could stand and everyone involved with the Vols football program could stand no more. He went 3-0 in bowl games and had the Vols ranked inside the Top 10 after a 5-0 start in 2016, but the decision to move on from Jones ends a five-year stretch mostly mired in mediocrity.

Both coaches will latch on somewhere else during the offseason, but probably not as a head coach, and definitely not at a powerhouse program.

Hoke took over as the defensive line coach for the Volunteers this season after spending last season as the defensive coordinator at Oregon. Brady Hoke will serve as interim head coach for the rest of season. He can certainly provide a steadying hand, drawing on previous head coaching experience at Ball State, San Diego State and MI. The Commodores are also 0-6 and 4-6.

Tennessee hosts LSU on Saturday at 7 p.m.at Neyland Stadium. Butch Jones is out, and Brady Hoke will finish out the year calling the shots for the Vols.

Apparently, giving up 50 points to one of the worst teams in the SEC was the final straw for Tennessee.

However, Jones did help produce nine National Football League draft picks during his Tennessee tenure and his players collected 18 All-SEC awards and 108 received SEC Academic Honor Roll honors. And now, the football program is looking for its fourth head coach in nine years. This search will be my sole focus, and I will be in regular contact with Chancellor (Beverly) Davenport.

The Tigers amassed a whopping 659 yards of total offense, including a massive 433 yards on the ground.

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