13 November, 2017
Multiple news outlets are reporting that Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones informed his players today that he has been fired as their coach. The Vols (4-6, 0-6 SEC) are in danger of missing a bowl game for the first time since 2013, Jones' first season.The famed rock at UT's Knoxville campus has already been painted with a sign referencing Butch Jones' exit from the Volunteers' football program.
This comes one day after the Vols were blown out 50-17 at Missouri and the Vols' fifth loss in their last six games. An inexplicable loss at SC previous year ruined Tennessee's division title hopes.
Defensive line coach Brady Hoke will replace Jones for the rest of the season with games against LSU and Vanderbilt remaining.
A native of Saugatuck, Jones was hired to coach the Volunteers in December 2012, following the team's three losing seasons under Derek Dooley.
The Vols will need an interim head coach and Brady Hoke is the next man up.
Tennessee, which opened the season ranked 25th, has lost its first six SEC games by an average margin of 21.2 points.
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"We have been fortunate to have coach Jones lead our program for the past five years", Currie said. Hoke was serving as the defensive line coach at Tennessee and was the head coach at MI before Jim Harbaugh.
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.
The storied program was guided by two head coaches for 32 years - John Majors and Phillip Fulmer. Previously, Butch was the head coach at the University of Cincinnati and was also the head coach at Central Michigan. This search will be my sole focus, and I will be in regular contact with Chancellor (Beverly) Davenport.
What did Jones tell him?
The Tigers amassed a whopping 659 yards of total offense, including a massive 433 yards on the ground. Tennessee's average home attendance climbed from 89,965 the year before Jones' arrival to 100,968 last season.