Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Tennessee finally acknowledges the inevitable, firing football coach Butch Jones

Tennessee finally acknowledges the inevitable, firing football coach Butch Jones

Butch Jones is out as the head coach of the Vols, and Brady Hoke is officially the interim coach for the remainder of the season. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman was the first to report the news late Sunday morning.

Jones was sacked Sunday before completing his fifth season.

"We have been fortunate to have coach Jones lead our program for the past five years", Currie said.

The Volunteers are 0-6 in the Southeastern Conference this season with a 4-6 overall record.

Jones was hired December 5th, 2012 and was the 24th head football coach in school history. Missouri (5-5, 2-4) scored five Saturday night and the loss dropped Tennessee into a last-place tie with Vandy in the East. I know Coach Jones will be successful moving forward, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. That Tennessee is already bleeding pledges speaks to Jones' one universally agreed upon positive - his ability to connect with young men in the living room. Tennessee's average home attendance climbed from 89,965 the year before Jones' arrival to 100,968 last season.

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Jones stabilized a rocky program, but Tennessee's regression in Year 5 has been startling, losing all six SEC games and facing the real possibility of missing a bowl game for the fourth time in eight years. An inexplicable loss at SC past year ruined Tennessee's division title hopes.

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

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

Until Tennessee finds a new head coach, Brady Hoke will take over as interim coach for the rest of the season.

Tennessee's Interm Head Coach Is? He can certainly provide a steadying hand, drawing on previous head coaching experience at Ball State, San Diego State and MI.

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