Butch Jones Out at Tennessee

Butch Jones fired by Tennessee
Report: Butch Jones fired as Tennessee's coach
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13 November, 2017

Vols athletic director John Currie said defensive line coach Brady Hoke would serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman was the first to report the news late Sunday morning.

Multiple news outlets are reporting that Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones informed his players today that he has been fired as their coach.

Tennessee made the decision following a 50-17 loss to the Missouri Tigers.

With Jones" axing, Tennessee said it will now conduct an "exhaustive search' to look for its fifth coach in 11 years.

The Vols will need an interim head coach and Brady Hoke is the next man up. He led the Volunteers to back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2015 and 2016, and his overall record at Tennessee was 34-27 and 14-24 in the SEC.

Under Jones, the Vols didn't achieve the success they experienced in the 1990s.

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ESPN reported that defensive line coach Brady Hoke - a former head coach at Ball State, San Diego State and MI - will serve as the interim for the rest of the season. Hoke was serving as the defensive line coach at Tennessee and was the head coach at MI before Jim Harbaugh.

Two weeks ago, the Volunteers lost at Kentucky 29-26, only its second loss to the Wildcats in the past 33 years.

Tennessee hasn't reached the SEC championship game since 2007 and hasn't won a conference title since its 1998 national championship season.

For the previous 32 years, ESPN noted, the Vols had just two head coaches: John Majors and Phillip Fulmer.

Hoke has been a head coach for 12 seasons, making stops at Ball State and San Diego State before arriving in Ann Arbor in 2011.


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