Tennessee Fires Butch Jones; Hoke Is Interim Coach

Tennessee Fires Butch Jones; Hoke Is Interim Coach

Tennessee Fires Butch Jones; Hoke Is Interim Coach

Butch Jones has been on the hot seat for several weeks with Tennessee, and it appears the Vols have finally made a decision to move in another direction.

Sports Illustrated first reported Jones was out.

Tennessee fired coach Butch Jones on Sunday with two games left in a regular season in which the Volunteers started ranked but are now still winless in the Southeastern Conference.

Brady Hoke, who spent four mostly unsuccessful years as the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines, is getting another shot at running things for a college football team. "For that reason, I have asked Coach Jones to step down as head football coach". Missouri (5-5, 2-4) scored five Saturday night and the loss dropped Tennessee into a last-place tie with Vandy in the East.

What did Jones tell him?

BC-FBC-Tennessee-Jones Out, 136 Butch Jones out as Tennessee's football coachAP Photo MOJR106Eds: APNewsNow. Tennessee's average home attendance climbed from 89,965 the year before Jones' arrival to 100,968 last season. The Vols also have never lost eight games in a season.

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Jones had a considerable rebuilding project to undertake after Derek Dooley's disastrous three-season reign, but had the Vols in a bowl game by his second season and won nine games in his third year. An inexplicable loss at SC previous year ruined Tennessee's division title hopes.

Jones ends his career in Knoxville with an overall record of 34-27.

The Vols' late-season fade in 2016 turned up the heat on Jones.

It will be interesting to see what impact the coaching change has on Tennessee's current recruiting class, but at least two top players shared that they are remaining committed for the time being.

He also was a head coach at Ball State and San Diego State, holding an overall record of 78-70.

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